Great news! This is a very short post. I thought I would pass along this excellent tool to help seniors and their families assess how well suited a person is to live independently. This was developed by the Health & Disability Research Institute of Boston University’s School of Public Health. The tool queries the user with a series of brief questions related to three areas of function that support independent living. The results are quick, and easy to read and understand.
Phillips Lifeline has sponsored the assessment, and the results are intended to help seniors and families initiate a dialogue between themselves as well as with caregivers, such as doctors, Home Health workers, or Private Duty home care agencies. Home care agenciees would do well to share this tool with their clients and family members as a means to discuss some of the issues that determine whether seniors can live independently or might benefit from some assistance in the home. Many types of assistance are available in the home, both medical and non-medical.