Creating a Home Care Care Plan is a process that every Home Care Agency goes through.
A care plan is a document that helps your clients express their wishes and needs so that others can follow them when they can no longer make decisions for themselves. Aside from personal requests for comfort, a care plan includes an assessment, diagnosis, expected outcomes, interventions, rationale, and evaluation.
Your care plan should aim to do three things:
- Monitor and manage your client's health and physical conditions.
- Monitor and manage your client's diagnosis and treatment.
- Motivate your client's goals and manage their expectations.
A professional home care plan helps smooth communication between clients, doctors, and caregivers. When your plan is created with individual needs in mind, it's easier to find the right type of person (nurse, caregiver, or aide) for each client.
Creating a home care plan for your clients can help ease the worries of family members and friends. It also ensures that everyone knows what to expect, making it easier to properly care for their loved ones.
If you don't have a care plan now, here are some questions to help you develop one that will be useful for both you and your client.
1: Do you have a living will, advance directive, or Do Not Resuscitate (DNR)
2: Have you designated someone as a medical and financial Power of Attorney?
3: If someone needs to make medical decisions on your behalf, who would you feel most comfortable appointing? What about financial decisions?
4: What are your beliefs about your quality of life and longevity?
5: Are there any activities or hobbies you would like to continue pursuing?
6: Is socializing with friends and family important to you?
7: Do you have a registered vehicle the caregiver can drive to get you to appointments and hobbies?
8: Do you have a special diet or ADLs routine?
The more you ask the right questions, the easier it will be to develop a care plan.
During your assessment process, you want to be sure to identify and list diagnoses,set daily, weekly and monthly goals for your client, evaluate progress, and change the care plan if needed.
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