This tool should give you guidelines to the level of the need for a loved one. A low score of 0-10 generally indicates a better level of thinking independently and physical ability. Good communication started NOW about future plans, desires and abilities are important. An important piece of this is completing an Advanced Directive, Medical Power of Attorney, HIPAA designation, and becoming aware of local resources. These legalities are somewhat different in each state. Clarity now before a crisis saves anguish at a later time. Please continue on to our next web page for these resources. We also have a listing of levels of care and commonly used terms for you.