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Topics covered during the assessment include:

  • Physical care needs, such as bathing, grooming, dressing, meals, and mobility
  • Emotional care needs, such as social interaction, activities, hobbies, and conversation
  • Schedule, including when your loved one would benefit from having a caregiver in the home
  • Assistance with daily activities, such as light housework, groceries, laundry, and meal preparation
  • Logistics, such as how to access the home, documentation, and other administrative details
  • Preferences, such as favorite music, activities, foods, goals, and expectations

Assessing your loved one’s health, safety, and home is the first step in planning their care. We determine if home care is needed by looking at their condition and challenges at home. This assessment is crucial for tailoring our services to their individual needs.

In-Home Assessment

An assessment is crucial in planning care for your loved one, offering insights into their health, well-being, and home environment.

The first task is to determine if home care services are needed or beneficial for the client. While sometimes this need is clear, in other cases, you and your loved one will need to carefully evaluate their current condition, safety concerns, and the challenges that may make living at home difficult.

The home care assessment also encompasses:

  • A walk-through the home to look for safety hazards and fall risks
  • A discussion about how to optimize the home for maximum safety
  • Creating a care plan that outlines the schedule and services provided. A detailed care plan provides a “road map” that outlines when and how a caregiver will perform specific tasks for your loved one.

Key questions the assessment answers:

  • Is your loved one able to live safely without assistance? If physical or mental challenges make independent living risky, professional home care can mitigate these dangers.
  • Can your loved one maintain comfort without assistance? Some seniors may manage physical difficulties independently but endure discomfort. Home care can ease this discomfort by aiding with specific tasks.
  • Can your loved one sustain happiness without assistance? Without support, many seniors may miss out on daily activities that bring them joy. An in-home caregiver can offer companionship and facilitate engaging activities.

Home Assessment