Assessment tools and resources

Used to monitor progress, quality of life and to guide decisions on the support needs of people with severe workplace or motor accident injuries. 

Assessment tools

Some assessment tools are also used to determine eligibility to become an icare Lifetime Care participant or for acceptance into the icare Workers Care Program.

The main assessment tools we use in icare Lifetime Care and the icare Workers Care Program are:

  • FIM and WeeFIM – for people with a brain injury or burns
  • Care and Needs Scale (CANS) - for adults with a brain injury
  • Paediatric Care and Needs Scale (PCANS-2) – for young people aged five-15 years with a brain injury
  • American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) Scale - for people with a spinal cord injury
  • WHOQoL-Bref and KINDL - quality of life measures for adults and children with an injury

Completing an assessment

To complete an assessment using one of these tools, download the relevant score sheet to record the outcomes of your assessment.

You can download a score sheet in the section above. Make sure you choose the right score sheet for the injury type and age of the injured person, particularly the tools where age norms apply such as WeeFIM, PCANS-2 and KINDL.

Training and workshops

We run a limited number of courses each year for FIM, WeeFIM, CANS and PCANS-2 assessment tools. For more information see our training and workshops page.

Lifetime Care training and workshops

Guidelines and resources

We have a range of clinical guidelines and associated resources to assist in making decisions and recommendations on the support needs of people with severe injuries.

Guidance on the support needs of adults with spinal cord injury

The guidance is a best practice tool to inform and guide people involved in making decisions around why a person with a spinal cord injury needs assistance from support workers. The guidance can be used by people with spinal cord injury; their families and carers; health and rehabilitation professionals; attendant care providers; support workers; and funders. It includes a decision-making framework, information and resources.

You can view our guidance document digitally from the download options below.

Spinal cord injury – Emotional Wellbeing Toolkit for clinicians

The Agency for Clinical Innovation State Spinal Cord Injury Service has a toolkit to support clinicians in understanding and managing psychosocial issues associated with acute and long-term spinal cord injury.

It covers topics such as managing grief and trauma, common psychological and emotional issues experienced by people with a spinal cord injury, and ideas for handling challenging behaviours.

The toolkit is available on the ACI website.