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Living Skills Assessment

When someone is having- or may have- problems living alone, a living skills assessment, administered by a social worker and occupational therapist may be helpful in providing recommendations for assistance. This 2-hour evaluation consists of the following components:

  • Kohlman Evaluation of Living Skills (KELS)
  • Kitchen Task Assessment
  • Medication Administration Assessment
  • Functional Behavioral Profile
  • Memory and Behavior Problems Checklist
  • Zarit Burden Interview

At the end of the evaluation, recommendations are provided to the ordering physician, patient and/or caregivers. Some common recommendations:

  • Assistance for:
    • Housekeeping
    • Cooking
    • Managing finances
    • Safety/supervision
    • Managing illnesses and emergencies
    • Administering medications
    • Telephone use
    • Transportation
    • Leisure activities
  • Education (estate planning, advanced directives, insurance)
  • Community support group
  • Stress management/coping skills
  • Respite care (adult day care, meals on wheels, etc)
  • Therapy/nursing assistance in the home
  • Alternative transportation

Recommendations are provided by the social worker and occupational therapist to the family at the end of the evaluation session. (we always explain that the physician will receive a copy of our report and will discuss final decisions with them.)

Last Updated: 06-16-2016
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