Care planning is an essential part of healthcare. It provides a guide to all who are involved with a patient’s/resident's care. To be comprehensive and effective, the care-planning process for an elderly person should involve a variety of disciplines. A good care-planning process begins with comprehensive medical, psychological and functional assessments. These assessments will build the focus of the care plan.
Optimal care planning is crucial to facilitate patient-centered care, which looks at the patient’s needs as the primary factor in shaping care delivery practices and processes, as well as supportive services. Rather than just focusing on disease and disability, patient-centered care emphasizes strengths-based intervention. The patient’s own experience of illness within her/his unique context is important, and our care plans are sensitive to that. Our experience is that communication is one of the most important factors for developing a patient-focused care, so we design and implement each care plan in collaboration with the patient and family members.
Eldercare Resources designs the care plan to be flexible and changeable, able to accommodate an individual’s changing needs. Ongoing periodic reevaluations ensure that the care plan is current; unscheduled updates are available should a patient’s condition warrant them. The ultimate purpose of the care plan is to guide all who are involved in the care of the patient to provide the most appropriate treatment to ensure the most positive outcome.