Setting Up a Plan of Care
By Maria M. Meyer, Paula Derr, and Jon Caswell, Contributing Writers
A plan of care is a daily record of the care and treatment a person needs on a daily basis. The plan helps you and anyone who assists you with caregiving tasks.
A plan of care helps caregivers manage the day-today activities of the person in their care–medications, appointments, exercise, etc. This type of written record is also very helpful when respite (relief) care is used.
The plan of care includes the following information:
- physical limitations of the care receiver
- a list of equipment needed
- detailed care instructions and comments
- services the home health care agency will provide, if using such on agency.
This information is presented in a certain order so that the process of care is repeated over and over again until it becomes routine. When the plan is kept up to date, it provides a clear record of events that is helpful in solving problems and avoiding them.
Home care counselors at Andelcare are available to talk with you and your family about care needs for your loved one, including, how to reduce caregiver stress while providing better, affordable care. Andelcare is a home care agency providing In Home Care in Seattle WA and surrounding areas.