Carers Checklist: An outcome measure for people with dementia and their carers

We all know that in treating our clients, the family and/or significant persons involved in caring for people with dementia provide us with pertinent information that will guide us in our intervention. “Carers Checklist” is an outcome measure for people with dementia and their carers published by the Mental Health Foundation (UK). This is an easy-to-use scale, in the form of a questionnaire, which can be used to assess the needs of people with dementia and their carers, and to evaluate the outcomes of service intervention.

The Carers’ Checklist includes items relating to the following domains of functioning for both the person with dementia and the carer:

For the person with dementia:

  • Cognitive symptoms
  • Psychological symptoms
  • Activities of daily living and self care
  • Inappropriate behaviours
  • Social behaviours
  • Safety issues

For the carer:

  • Social burden
  • Emotional burden
  • Physical burden
  • Financial burden
  • Burden of specific dementia-related problems
  • Satisfaction with services: access, co-ordination, information

Source: Mental Health Foundation (UK)

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