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 Intake Interview Guide (PDF, 88KB) (to be completed by the clinician)
- Caregiver Intake Report (PDF, 46KB) (completed sample)
- Caregiver Intake Form (PDF, 25KB) (to be completed by the family caregiver)
- Child and Caregiver Assessment Tool (PDF, 84KB) (to be completed by the clinician)
- Pediatric Intake Report (PDF, 22KB) (to be completed by the clinician)
- FCA’s toolkit, “Caregivers Count Too!” contains suggested questions for eliciting the information above.
In the Practice Section
- Common Caregiving Problems
- What do Psychologists Need to Know to Help Family Caregivers?
- How Caregivers Reach Psychologists
- Psychologists as Direct Service Clinicians and Consultants
- Conceptual Models
- Variations for Practice for Culturally Diverse Groups
- Business Pragmatics
- Common Ethical Issues