Core Component 2: Comprehensive Assessment

Core Component 2: Comprehensive Assessment

 

The comprehensive assessment should include appraisal of:

  • The patient and families should have a good understanding of their condition, the current situation and their expectations for now and for the future; the ‘what matters to you’ questionnaire supports this.
  • An assessment of a patients cardiological and comorbidity status, in partnership with their lead clinician, to determine appropriate and realistic goals of care and care preferences.
  • A comprehensive assessment of physical, psychological, social and occupational, carer and spiritual unmet needs. Using validated assessment tools can evidence subtle changes associated with these domains.
  • Using a validated carer strain assessment tool can evidence requirements for additional support to enhance living well and safely at home. REMEMBER carer strain may also be experienced by patients if they are supporting their spouse or other dependents.
  • Benefit entitlement to ensure this is maximised. Referral to partner agencies may be indicated to ensure that the patient is in receipt of any illness benefit, reduced heating, council tax and utility tariffs as appropriate. Many patients will meet the criteria for a mobility blue badge, pendant alarm, sensory impairment and carer support services etc.

Key Message: Changes may not always be disease specific and may be more related to a reducing mobility, function or increasing frailty which adversely impacts on everyday lives. Comprehensive assessment should always be regarded as an evolving process that requires regular evaluation of unmet needs.

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Key Message: Changes may not always be disease specific and may be more related to a reducing mobility, function or increasing frailty which adversely impacts on everyday lives. Comprehensive assessment should always be regarded as an evolving process that requires regular evaluation of unmet needs.

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