Assessment Tools

AssessmentBeyond the use of open ended clinical interviews, the Task Force recommends psychologists be familiar with structured interviews and questionnaires related to caregiving for use in some clinical situations. Clinicians will need to tailor their use of assessment instruments depending on the characteristics of the caregiver (e.g. age, cultural background), and the care recipient (e.g. age and specific medical problem or disability). We have provided examples of a number of caregiver intake forms; measures of caregiver mental health; and measures of caregiver stress, burden, coping, and family context. We have also provided care receiver measures of behavior and functioning; cognitive problems; quality of care; health problems; and mental health. Finally we have provided instruments that may be particularly useful with caregivers from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Intake Interviews

The Caregiver Intake Interview may be different from assessments psychologists typically undertake to identify individual psychopathology or distress. In order to create strong interventions for a caregiving family, psychologists must gather key information about a range of topics to help determine:

  • The nature of the care-recipient’s illness or disability
  • The family’s stage of caregiving (early, middle or late)
  • The constellation of individuals involved in care, including community support persons, and treating professionals
  • Unique or challenging caregiving circumstances

7 Domains to Assess

Recommended by the Family Caregiver Alliance’s (FCA) National Center on Caregiving.

  • Background on the caregiver and the caregiving situation
  • Caregiver’s perception of the health and functional status of the care-recipient
  • Caregiver’s values and preferences
  • Health and well-being of caregiver
  • Consequences of caregiving on the caregiver
  • Care provision requirements
  • Resources to support the caregiver.

Assessment Intake Guide Examples

Caregiver Assessment

The questionnaires and interviews found on the following pagesare commonly used with adult caregivers of any background and have been utilized in caregiving research studies and clinical work as well.

Care Receiver Assessment

Sometimes as part of the assessment of the caregiver it is necessary to assess the extent of the problems being experienced by the care receiver.  The tools on the following pages help make that possible.

Assessing Diverse Cultures

Culture is known to influence caregiving. Specifically, issues of acculturation, assimilation, cultural values, beliefs and norms can be important for caregivers. We have included assessment tools that were designed to assess the unique aspects of caregiving among diverse groups.