Tools & Resources


Assessment Tools

  • Disability Distress Assessment Tool (DisDat): While the patient still has natural behaviors you can use this to document and label the behaviors as a baseline with hospice staff. Note: DisDat may look complex and intimidating at first, but it is actually quite simple and is especially helpful for volunteers not familiar with the IDD patient/family member. 
  • Pain Assessment IN Advanced Dementia (PAINAD): PAINAD helps you quantify pain in the patient who is non-verbal.

Tracking Charts

  • Medication Management Chart: Document to record drug name, dosage, and frequency to be given to manage medications.
  • Medicine/Behavior Chart: Document to record drug, dosage and most importantly, the behaviors that are associated with the drug. Everyone reacts to drugs differently so this chart is unique for your loved one.

Reading & Reference List

This reading and reference list are articles, books, DVDs and websites as a starting point. Items in italics are those that were most meaningful to me on my hospice and grief journey. Each individual’s grief journey is unique, and you will have to search to find material that speaks to you. My recommendation is to just keep searching until you find the material that helps you the most.

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