Difficult Decisions Made Easier Through Assessments

When frailty, an accident or an operation causes a need for additional care at home, determining the kind and amount of care someone requires is a difficult task. Each person’s situation is unique, and there is no “one size fits all” answer to elder care. Independence-4-Seniors is qualified to assess for home care needs and hopes that by understanding the benefits of a thorough assessment prior to determining a care plan, you will call Independence-4-Seniors as a first step when care needs present, to determine what kind of home care or elder care is needed.

A comprehensive geriatric assessment of overall health status begins with a screening process using simple, rapid, inexpensive, and internationally validated scales to rate cognitive function, affective status, gait (walking and balance), autonomy, and nutrition. Assessments are available through Independence-4-Seniors. These resources and links are provided as an educational resource for those who are interested in answers to some home care questions.

Web Resources:

Click the links below to access resource websites to learn more about how assessments can make difficult decisions about eldercare easier.

Understanding the Language of a Basic Assessment for Functioning
Usage of some standard tools to assess activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living has become a starting point for one assessment of determining care needs. Many types of care, medical, non-medical and insurance coverage oftentimes use these tools as a starting point. Read the basics here.

From a Nursing Perspective, Ramifications of Aging and Functional Assessments
The health care delivery system in America is fragmented and in a state of change. This interesting article covers how the changing demographics are affecting health care, and details some interesting facts relating to assessments for care.

The Importance of a Care Assessment
This site provides information on the importance of a care assessment as well as how to arrange for an assessment and what to expect during and after the assessment.

Study on Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments Finds Success in Reducing Disability
This classic article uses coordinated multidisciplinary geriatric assessments to see if rehabilitation services can reduce disability.


Enhancing Life at Home One Day at a Time.


Important Resources for Seniors

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Quotes from our ClientsHow do we begin to thank you for the wonderful support and care you gave to Mom and the entire family. Her illness was brief, which was a blessing. Out of all the bad came some good. We were honored to have Eileen move so willingly into Mom’s home and care for her for those few weeks. She not only took care of Mom, but all of us. She tenderly guided us through the process of Mom’s death. Eileen is an amazing and talented woman who quickly became a part of our family. We are richer people for her presence in our lives. It became apparent that there were angels along the journey of Mom’s illness and death. The both of you and especially Eileen are among those angels. Thank you!

- Fondly, the family of M.R.

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