CARE stands for Client Assessment, Referral and Evaluation. Everyone seeking a permanent move to a Kansas nursing facility must be assessed by the CARE program.
What is a CARE Assessment?
The assessment is a personal interview with the individual and family members or caregivers conducted by hospital personnel or staff from the Area Agency on Aging. The interview questions seek information about the need for assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, meal preparation, housekeeping and laundry.
What happens after the assessment?
The results of the assessment are used to plan for long-term care services. Each person assessed receives a long-term care threshhold score and a certificate that shows the assessment was completed. Most people assessed qualify functionally for nursing home care based on their score. They are also provided with information about community-based alternatives to living in a nursing facility. Individuals can then choose to proceed with nursing home care, or consider other options.