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Goals & Needs for Care

The most effective family caregiving plans are made with the person your are caring for. Keep them at the center of the discussion. This General Needs Assessment is a good guide for planning the care of a spouse or older parent.

Print this Needs Assessment Checklist to help plan for the care of a parent or spouse.

Goals To Consider

  • Remain Healthy and active
  • To stay/move near family
  • To remain in my own home for as long as possible
  • To stay active with religious or community groups
  • To maintain hobbies
  • To be around people
  • To move to a residence with support services
  • To move to a more accessible home (one story or apartment with elevator)
  • To be financially secure and/or to budget for future needs
  • To travel/visit home country
  • Other

Area of Needs

First determine if there is an immediate need under each area. If there is not a pressing issue, prioritize the tasks to be addressed and develop a timeline. Here are general areas of needs. For types of Possible Tasks use this checklist.

  • Home Maintenance and Living Situation
  • Financial Affairs
  • Transportation Needs
  • Personal Care
  • Health Care
  • Communications
  • Socialization (sending greeting and thank-you notes, arranginging for visitors, arranging outings)
  • Adaptive Devices
  • To travel/visit home country
  • Other

Print this Needs Assessment Checklist to help plan for the care of a parent or spouse.




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