Family members or friends who are helping care for aging, chronically or terminally ill loved ones either at home or in healthcare facilities have extremely important and demanding roles. If the people they are caring for are at the end of their lives, the care-giving role is significantly more stressful and overwhelming.
The American Medical Association's Caregiver Health Self-assessment Questionnaire alerts caregivers to behaviors that may be jeopardizing their health so they can make good decisions that benefit them and their loved ones: Caregiver Self-Assessment Tool (English) or Caregiver Self-Assessment Tool (Spanish)
The completed questionnaire can be shared with personal physicians and/or social workers who can help identify areas of stress and recommend supportive services and assistance to help reduce stress.
People caring for loved ones receiving Community Hospices' at-home services have assigned professional support teams that include social workers and chaplains. For those with loved ones at The Washington Home, the Director of Social Services, at 202. 895.0185, addresses concerns and requests for assistance.