What is the Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT)?
The CSNAT is an evidence-based tool that facilitates support for family members and friends (carers) of adults with life-limiting conditions. The research underpinning this tool was informed by carers and practitioners.
It comprises 14 domains (broad topic areas) in which carers commonly say they require support. Carers may use this tool to indicate further support they need in relation to enabling them to care for someone at home, as well as support for their own health and well-being within their caregiving role.
It is short and simple to use for both carers and practitioners.
What does the CSNAT look like?
The CSNAT uses a simple question and answer format to ask family carers which areas they need more support with. The ‘visibility’ of common areas of support provided by the tool has been found to be helpful for carers. They can indicate whether or not they need more support in relation to each domain.
For use in practice, the CSNAT has been integrated into a person-centred process of assessment and support that is practitioner-facilitated but carer led:
What is The CSNAT Approach?
The CSNAT Approach is a five-stage person-centred process of assessment and support which begins when carers are introduced to the CSNAT.
Carers then use the CSNAT to indicate the domains in which they need more support and then prioritise those most important to them at that moment in time.
An assessment conversation then takes place between the carer and practitioner which enables the carer to express their individual support needs.
Together, the carer and practitioner agree on what further supportive input would be valuable and create a shared action plan. A shared review of the carers’ support needs can then be carried out at another point in time.
Can I use the CSNAT in my practice?
The CSNAT is copyright but available, free of charge for use by practitioners supporting family carers.
We are currently evaluating our online implementation toolkit for organisations wishing to implement The CSNAT Approach. This will become widely available in 2018.
We also have a registration process and provide a licence for organisations using the tool.
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