The following apply to the standards of the CARE Tool (Section GG) that replaced the FIM for levels of assistance terminology and their definitions/percentages. See this article for the original values used in settings such as acute care.
- CARE 6: Independent — Person completes the activity by himself/herself with no assistance from a helper.
- CARE 5: Setup or cleanup assistance — Helper SETS UP or CLEANS UP; person completes activity. Helper assists only prior to or following the activity. (The helper can walk away and leave the person to complete the task.)
- CARE 4: Supervision or touching assistance — Helper provides VERBAL CUES or TOUCHING/STEADYING and/or CONTACT GUARD ASSISTANCE as person completes activity. Assistance may be provided throughout the activity or intermittently.
- CARE 3: Partial/moderate assistance — Helper does LESS THAN HALF the effort. Helper lifts, holds, or supports trunk or limbs but provides less than half of the effort.
- CARE 2: Substantial/maximal assistance — Helper does MORE THAN HALF the effort. Helper lifts or holds trunk or limbs and provides more than half the effort.
- CARE 1: Dependent — Helper does ALL of the effort. Person does none of the effort to complete the activity. Or, the assistance of 2 or more helpers is required for the person to complete the activity.
Note: CARE values do not have a 0 prefix before them and are just the numbers themselves. Some codes do have 0’s, but not from CARE 1-6.