Checklists - Assessing Needs
As a family member ages, we often don't notice the subtle changes in functioning. When a crisis situation occurs, we then must think back to past behaviors and functioning to determine how the situation became so critical.
For a caregiver, checklists can help you to think about your family member in a practical and functional way. Completing the checklists can help you to determine what services may be needed and the level of care that will best suit the needs of your family.
Ask yourself these questions about your family member. Be honest.
Now that you have answered the questions, take a good look at your answers. If you see a lot of areas where your family member needs assistance, you may want to talk to a professional to help you make wise choices. There is no magic number of problems that should prompt you to get assistance. Each family is different and each person has a different level of tolerance. But use these checklists to help you to see if there seem to be multiple problems and to alert you to whether or not functioning seems to be declining instead of remaining stable. If things are becoming harder to handle and/or if your family member is getting worse, check out your options either with a professional or through resources identified within this website.
Caregiver Professionals are professionals that work with caregivers and are there to help. Contact them to discuss the results of your evaluation. If even that seems like too much to handle, they can assist you with getting help for your emotional and mental health needs as well. They will help you help both your family member and yourself. Remember to be completely honest with them. Don't be embarrassed to share with them how you are feeling and coping with your situation and any specific problems you may be having. Anything you share will be held in confidence and they will not judge you or the situation you find yourself in. They want to help you which is why they have chosen this career.