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3 Things to Consider When Making a Plan of Care

Care PlanningCreating a plan of care, both in case of emergency and for long-term care, is beneficial not only to the recipient of care, but also to the caregiver. Plans of care can clarify expectations, enable better communication, help to eliminate stress and keep health and safety as top priorities. If you are a caregiver or the recipient of care from someone, consider creating a plan to ensure your health is not compromised in unforeseen circumstances. Here are some questions to consider when creating your own plan of care:

  1. What should I include in a plan of care?
    • Health care tasks
      • Monitoring vitals and noting any changes
      • A daily routine, including meal times
      • A list of scheduled doctor appointments
    • Medication management
      • A list of medications, including dosage and dates of refill
      • A daily log of what you take and at what times
    • Household management
      • A list of daily chores or tasks, such as picking up the mail and taking out the trash
      • Managing grocery shopping
    • Communications
      • Include a phone tree of important contacts such as family members, close friends and neighbors
      • List of physicians, with office phone numbers
      • Include copies of a photo ID and insurance cards
  2. Who should be included in my plan of care?
    • Your primary caregiver
    • Someone identified as a secondary caregiver, in the event that your primary caregiver is not available or no longer able to help
    • A health care professional that is familiar with your medical history, such as your primary care physician
  3. When is my plan of care carried out?
    • Anytime care is being administered to you
    • When there is an emergency, and changes in your care may result
    • When a decision regarding your health, rights, or finances needs to be made.

    These are only a few of the things you need to consider when creating your own plan of care or the plan of a loved one. It’s important to start care planning while you are able to make well-informed decisions about your health and lifestyle. Wether you need care now or are planning for the future, remember that All Care Home Health can help. All Care offers skilled nursing that can help when you return home from the hospital, as well as variety of other services that support your long-term care needs. Contact us today to learn more about how All Care Home Health can be part of your plan of care.

    For more information about long-term care planning, visit the Administration on Aging website.

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