Caregiver Best Practice Guideline for Community Health Providers. VON.
The purpose of this comprehensive Guideline is to develop and adopt approaches to be more responsive to the needs of caregivers receiving service from VON Branches. It is about learning to listen and listening to learn with caregivers. This guide is for front-line providers in the community working with caregivers. This Guideline will further develop knowledge, skills, values, and behaviours of providers and accomplish the following goals:
- To enhance the knowledge of providers of caregiving issues in the context of home and community care;
- To reinforce positive attitudes towards caregivers;
- To explore the emotional aspects of caregiving;
- To develop skills for providers to build therapeutic relationships with caregivers, negotiate changes in relationships, and assess the needs of caregivers;
- To consider the diversity of caregiving, including caregivers of persons with dementia; distance caregiving; relationship with care receiver; and, gender, culture and employment; and
- To explore how to operationalize ‘respite as outcome’ for caregivers.
The C.A.R.E. Tool: Examining the Role of Caregiver Assessment in Health Promotion of Older Spousal Caregivers. Mount Saint Vincent University.
This discussion paper focuses on the caregiving experience of older spouses as caregiving demands for this population may be different and particularly burdensome if relief is not available. In addition to reviewing the literature on older spousal caregivers, the paper examines the strengths and limitations of the C.A.R.E. Tool in promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of older spousal caregivers. The C.A.R.E. Tool is a psycho-social assessment instrument designed by the authors for use by home-care practitioners. Specifically, the objectives of this paper are:
- To research and review the literature on caregiver assessment and its relationship to health promotion.
- To examine the literature with an emphasis on the role of assessment in maintaining the health and well-being of older spousal caregivers.
- To review existing data of C.A.R.E. Tool assessments to understand in what ways the Tool may promote spousal caregiver health and well-being.
Implementing Case Management as a Strategy for Systems Integration. The Canadian Home Care Association.
A report exploring five how the implementation of five essential steps home care programs can be move to a more proactive, results oriented approach to case management and chronic disease management. Steps include how to maximize client wellness and autonomy through advocacy, communication, education, identification of and access to necessary resources and service coordination.