The Informal Care Scan

This instrument for professionals in care and welfare, is intended to help those in need of care and caregivers to map out a (informal care) network, which focuses attention on the strengths and weaknesses of that network. The scan provides visual aides that help in structuring all information across the network.

Information about the network is important because caregiving often goes further than merely contact between a single client and a single caregiver. More people are often involved. Also, the impact of the care situation often extends beyond the care itself. The Dutch Social Support Act (SSA or Wmo in Dutch) places considerable importance on the self-reliability of citizens with their own dedicated social network. To utilise that network fully it is important to map out the possibilities and limitations of such a network. The Informal Care Scan Aid is an explanation of the Informal Care Scan.