Functional Capacity Evaluation

What is Functional Evaluation?

A functional capacity evaluation will help you identify both short-term and long-term needs and take the worry out about your future.

How well are you able to make informed decisions, act on them, get your needs met and meet your obligations to your family, friends, and community?

How you answer that has less to do with your age than your functional capacity. 

What are your current needs?  How are you getting them met?  What is your plan for when these needs change?

Frequently asked questions

I’m Feeling Fine. Why do i need a functional evaluation?

A functional capacity evaluation is like maintaining your car. It will give you an idea of how well you are “running”, and determine your overall capacity so that if things do change (and they will!), you will have a baseline measurement of how you were doing before that change happened.

Who evalutates me?

I do.  I have over two decades of experience in evaluating functioning in aging adults. I bring a “whole-person” philosophy with me, looking not just at how good a test taker you are, but more importantly, what your capacity is for adapting and accommodating to change. This is unique to you, and provides the context for drawing conclusions and determining how I can assist you in choosing who can best partner with you as you make plans for both short-term needs and long term requirements.

is the evaluation confidential?

Yes. Information is shared only with your permission. You will receive a written report of my findings in addition to a copy of the audio/video sessions explaining your results. These are yours to keep. While this is confidential, I strongly recommend that you share it as needed, so that you can have the best support possible.

what if you find something wrong?

My goal is to help you confront the difficult while it is still easy. Avoidance and fear may keep you from getting the support and help you deserve. The consequences of not knowing usually outweigh the initial shock of finding out. You, like so many people, might be afraid of being told that you have memory loss. Yet, there are many explanations why your recall isn’t as good as it used to be. For example, you may be sleeping poorly, have underlying medical conditions, or be experiencing grief or depression. These are all treatable, and once under control, you may find that your “memory loss” is, well, just a memory. 

If there are findings that indicate problems with memory or other cognitive decline, then it is important to use that information to obtain support before the decline is too great. This includes making sure you have the necessary paperwork completed so that you can choose who will be making decisions for you if you cannot.  That’s where I come in.  I will help connect you with resources you can trust.

how frequently do i need to be evaluated?

You should get an initial evaluation, and come back when you notice a change. After that, follow-ups  will focus on specific areas that are changing. This can be done by phone or video. How frequently you need to do this is based on how well you are managing the changes that aging presents. Others who care about you may be concerned for you, and recommend that you be evaluated. This is a lot easier if you and I have already met!

What Is Involved?

Evaluating functional capacity involves three separate sessions. First is a conversation, so that we can get to know each other and you can share what your concerns are. Second is the actual evaluation which is based on what I learned about you and using tools and assessments tailored specifically to capture your “whole self”. The last session is sharing my findings with you, explaining what they mean, and helping you to devise a plan to move forward.

Included in my findings are recommendations and resources that are crafted to meet your needs now and in the foreseeable future. I do the research for you and connect you with resources I know and trust. You decide what you will do with that information.

Pricing

Choose a Basic Plan or Full-Service Package

Basic

One hour consultation; no evaluation. 
$ 90
/ hour

Assess current needs

Follow-up consultations

Resource recommendations

Full-Service

3 Sessions;
approximately 4 hours
$ 350

Initial interview

Functional Evaluation, (includes IADLs & cognitive functioning)

Recommendations & individualized plan