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Table 1 The Dependence Scale

From: Utility of the Dependence Scale in dementia: validity, meaningfulness, and health economic considerations

  Score
A Does the patient need reminders or advice to manage chores, do shopping, cooking, play games, or handle money? 0/1/2
B Does the patient need help to remember important things such as appointments, recent events, or names of family or friends? 0/1/2
C Does the patient need frequent (at least once a month) help finding misplaced objects, keeping appointments, or maintaining health or safety (locking doors, taking medication)? 0/1
D Does the patient need household chores done for them? 0/1
E Does the patient need to be watched or kept company when awake? 0/1
F Does the patient need to be escorted when outside? 0/1
G Does the patient need to be accompanied when bathing or eating? 0/1
H Does the patient have to be dressed, washed, and groomed? 0/1
I Does the patient have to be taken to the toilet regularly to avoid incontinence? 0/1
J Does the patient have to be fed? 0/1
K Does the patient need to be turned, moved, or transferred? 0/1
L Does the patient wear a diaper or a catheter? 0/1
M Does the patient need to be tube fed? 0/1
  Dependence Scale Total Score /15
  1. Coding for items A/B: No (0), Occasionally (at least once a month) (1) , Frequently (at least once a week) (2)
  2. Coding for items C–M: no (0), yes (1)