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Upon making the decision to seek care in a nursing facility you must 
request a C.A.R.E. assessment to be completed. This request would be
made by the discharge planner/social worker at a hospital or through
directly contacting our office. The purpose of the assessment is to help 
people find appropriate long term are services and to collect data on the 
need for in home services—helping illustrate where gaps in funding might
be. The C.A.R.E. certificate states the person was assessed, and what decision
was made about placement in a nursing facility or if placement was diverted/delayed and community based options were chosen. Once requested the C.A.R.E. assessment will be completed in 5 business days.

The assessment is a face to face visit with the person and their family as appropriate. Assessments are usually completed within an hour's time. The first part of the assessment is comprised of questions relating to basic information such as date of birth, address, phone, etc. The second part of the assessment speaks to any diagnosis of mental illness or developmental disabilities that may be present along with any treatment history for that diagnosis. This may trigger a second evaluation if documentation warrants. The third part of the assessment details what types of assistance the person needs with daily living skills and activities of daily living. These include such things as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, etc. This data assists the assessor in discussions of what types of services may meet the needs of the individual and helps to facilitate referrals to those services. 

When applicable data from the assessment is entered into a state wide database and is used by the Department of Children and Families to determine eligibility for Kansas Medicaid for nursing facility care. 

C.A.R.E. Assessments

C.A.R.E. stands for client, assessment, referral and evaluation. By Kansas Legislature everyone seeking admission to a nursing facility has to be assessed by a Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) trained assessor.