There are several different types of assessments that typically come into play in making decisions about the types of care that a person may require. Each assessment has a different area of focus. Some will focus on the person’s physical/medical condition; some will focus on the person’s ability to get around and perform day to day tasks involved in living on their own; and some will focus on a person’s mental/ psychiatric or emotional status. Four of the most common assessments that caregivers and elderly care receivers will encounter are:
These are discussed in turn below. In addition to the above, clinical assessments are performed in order to help determine the cause of various symptoms or problems that a person may be experiencing.
Typically, assessments are performed in order to determine: