Most people, given a choice, want to live at home for as long as possible as safely as possible. But how can you know if your loved ones need help in order to age in place? The Independent Living Assessment is a terrific on-line gadget developed by researchers at Boston University. This tool can help you figure out if your loved ones’ safety and health needs are being well served by their current living situation.
Developing a plan to accommodate changes in your loved ones’ health and function can be difficult but not having a plan can be more difficult, cost more money and cause much heartache. You can use the results of this report to begin a dialogue with your loved ones and their healthcare providers; discussing each area of function can provide a structure for the conversation.
Keep in mind that your loved one may have difficulty in one area of function and not another. The customized report generated by this on-line tool helps you understand where support may be needed. Remember too that things change, so we recommend that you complete The Independent Living Assessment on a periodic basis. This can be monthly or more frequently in the event of an illness or accident. Completing the assessment multiple times will help identify where change has occurred and overtime can predict where support is needed to maintain independent living at home.
Being prepared helps respect the wishes of your loved one, involves them in how they want to be cared for and minimizes the anxiety and stress that occurs when quick decisions have to be made. http://www.lifelinesys.com/content/independent-living-assessment
What is the AM-PAC?
The Boston University Activity Measure for Post Acute Care (AM-PAC™) is an activity limitations instrument developed using the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). According to the ICF, an activity limitation is defined as “difficulty in the execution of a task or action by an individual." The AM-PAC™ was developed as a functional outcomes system that can be used in both community based settings and institutional settings (nursing homes and assisted living centers). The AM-PAC, consists of a comprehensive list of almost 300 functional activities and measures functional outcome by using a form of artificial intelligence called Item Response Theory.
Who developed the AM-PAC?
The assessment was developed by a team of investigators from the Health and Disability Research Institute at the Boston University School of Public Health and has undergone rigorous testing to assure it is a sound and trustworthy measurement tool. The development of the AMP-AC was supported, in part, by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Should I share AM-PAC results with my healthcare provider?
Yes, the AM-PAC has been scientifically proven to be a sound and trustworthy assessment of functional ability. It provides information which your healthcare providers may find helpful.
How often should the assessment be done?
Generally, functional ability changes slowly; therefore waiting one month between assessments would be fine. If because of illness or an accident your functional ability is changing rapidly you may want to complete the assessment more frequently.
I’ve taken the assessment two times and was asked different questions. Why did that happen?
The software program is designed to use a form of artificial intelligence to select the questions based on your answers to previous questions.
When should I skip a question?
You should skip a question when you do not know if you can do the activity. If you do not do an activity because you know you cannot do the activity you should select “unable” as the response to the question
Who do I contact if I have questions on completing the assessment?
Please email all questions to IndependenceAssessment@Philips.com