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.
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.
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.
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