Today’s post is part of our new series, The Encompass Way. Here, we’ll go over many of the steps involved in setting up a comprehensive care plan, which helps us to provide seniors and their families a complete understanding of the available care options and helps families maneuver through the challenges of the “system.”

Comprehensive In-Home Assessment

Physicians Choice Private Duty professionals may conduct psychological, environmental, functional and medical assessments, and will develop a written plan of care, and coordinate the health care providers and family members we call the “Home Team” who are responsible for the execution of the plan of care. All assessments are done wherever your loved one resides to determine the best plan of care. From the Comprehensive Assessment outcome, a written plan of care is developed and the plan is communicated to family members and other members of the care team. A completed copy of the comprehensive assessment is yours to keep as a reference.

Below is an overview of the categories we assess when first helping a new client.

Medical Assessment

    • Nutritional status — including oral hygiene

 

    • Medication review

 

    • Current medical status

 

    • Potenital drug interactions and side effects

 

    • Co Problem list — existing conditions and disease severity

 

    • Optional pressure sore risk assessment

 

Environmental Assessment

    • Activity/exercise status

 

    • Home safety, transportation, functionality

 

    • Potential home modifications

 

Assessment of Functioning

    • Instrumental activities of daily living

 

    • Basic activities of daily living

 

    • Gait and balance

 

    • Optional vision/hearing limitations

 

Social Assessment

    • Informal support needs and assets

 

    • Current social activities and/or needs

 

    • Review of potentiality for abuse or neglect

 

    • Caregiver concerns

 

    • Care resource eligibility/financial assessment

 

Psychological Assessment

    • Mood/depression testing

 

    • Mental status (cognitive) testing

 

    • Memory/Recall

 

    • Physical and emotional pain

 

Currently serving Omaha and surrounding areas, all Encompass services are directed by registered nurses or social workers with no long-term contracts. Contact us today for help with your senior care needs.

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