Care Needs Assessment via remote evaluation

Our goal is to have some clear guidelines for helping to evaluate elderly or other people who might require their care needs to be assessed prior to asking for a formal healthcare (NHS) “Care Needs Assessment”. Reasons for this may be the need or desire to take care of someone, a relative or a friend. But before a formal care needs assessment is done, there is a period of time when you might think that the person’s health is slowly changing for the worst, declining either physically, cognitively or both due to disease, inactivity or sickness. It is in this period that decline is slow but most likely measurable nonetheless. This measurability is why we developed this matrix, or series of matrices, so that a regular, measurable, quantifiable baseline and health decline slope can be calculated and a personal health care plan can be created. At first this plan is more about the assessment based on the criteria listed, than it is about what action to take as this lives in the realm primarily of the healthcare professionals. But the key is that we have a process to help us to help our friends and family and most importantly a way to identify when that person really does need a medical review. This is very important especially when the people you are concerned about have no local family to provide support.

CRITERIA Feb 18 Apr 18 Jun 18  
Sleeping appropriate length and quality        
Prepare and eat food and drink        
Maintain healthy daily routine        
Take medications as prescribed        
Maintain personal hygiene, such as being able to wash yourself and shower        
Maintain cleanliness of clothing        
Use the toilet        
Dress appropriately – for example, during cold weather        
Move around your home safely, including getting into it from outside        
Keep the home clean and safe        
Keep in touch with friends and family to avoid loneliness or isolation        
Caring for plants at home        
Caring for garden plants        
Access and engage in social events        
Safely use necessary facilities or services in the local community, including public transport and recreational facilities        
PERSONAL CRITERIA Feb 18 Apr 18 Jun 18  
Visit Waitrose daily (M-S)        
Attend Railway Club monthly on Fridays        
Attend weekly railway group video nights (Wednesdays)        
Keep in touch with Paul, David, Heather        
Keep in touch with old friends like best man, railway friends,        
Replacing the table flowers        
Caring for garden plants on balconies        
Visit local café weekly        
Attend all scheduled doctor appointments        
Attend consultant appointments        
Attend the barber monthly or so        
Visit chiropodist as needed        
Catch the bus to Gosport High Street      

Published by Dai Roberts Triathlon

Health and performance focused professional triathlon and running coach since 2010. Coaching runners since 2001. European AG champion and world championships AG bronze medalist. BEMER specialist and Independent Distributor. Coaching runners and triathletes of all ages from youth to world championships level. I trained under the IRONMAN coaching program alongside the US MASTERS swimming, USA Cycling and USA Track and Field program as well as UK Athletics. Lifelong learning, athlete centered and successful. Retired UK Military after 32 years service.

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