Lifespan Respite
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Caregiver Assessment for Lifespan Respite Grantees and Partners

Overview of Caregiver Assessment and Relevance to Respite 

Kathy Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance, San Francisco, CA, presentation to State Lifespan Respite Grantees, November 4, 2011, Glendale, AZ 

Family Caregiver Alliance Resources:

  • Caregivers Count Too! Caregiver Assessment Tool, click here.
  • National Consensus Report on Caregiver Assessment, click here.


Selected Caregiver Assessment Measures: A Resource Inventory for Practitioners, Family Caregiver Alliance, 2012

A systematic and well-designed assessment can help identify a caregiver's needs and strengths and, in turn, contribute to a plan of care that ensures the well-being of both the caregiver and care recipient.

As health care continues to move into home setting, it is important to assess not only the knowledge, skills and capacity of the caregiver to provide care but also to address caregiver well-being and health in order to prevent more serious health problems for families in the long-term.

This 2nd Edition of 'Selected Caregiver Assessment Measures' brings a number of changes to measures inventoried in 2002 (the first edition of the inventory), as well as new measures which have been added; gaps have been noted in the Future Directions section.

Click here to download report from FCA.

Caregiver Assessment: Why and What Should We Assess?

This webinar took place on June 20, 2012 from 12:00-1:15PM (PDT). The Powerpoint slideshow is now a downloadable PDF.

As a follow-up to the Caregivers Count Too! Report prepared by the National Center on Caregiving of Family Caregiver Alliance, this is the first of two webinars which focus on the importance of the caregiver assessment as an instrument and a process to better identify caregivers' needs and form the foundation for an appropriate plan of care.

You can listen to the presentation here

The session covered: 

  • Benefits of Respite for Family Caregivers
  • Who, What, Why, When, Where and How Aspects of Assessments;
  • Relevant Assessment Domains;
  • Voice From the Field: A Family Consultant's Perspective; and
  • Updates on Caregiver Assessment Instruments - Where Do We Go From Here?

State Examples of Caregiver Assessments


NV Assessment Tool – Rx Diagnosis 

Nevada Connection Caregiver Assessment


Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging Family Caregiver Assessment 


Lifespan Respite

Technical Assistance Center

ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center

4016 Oxford Street

Annandale, VA 22003

(703) 256-2084

This project is supported, in part by grant number 90LT0002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.


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