The ‘Plan of Care’

by Lois Etienne on March 2, 2013

in Caregiver Support,Legal,Senior Health and Safety

create-plan-of-care-480x450When a loved one is coming home from the hospital, it is important to have a good plan of care in place to help ensure a smooth transition home and to minimize stress for both the family caregiver and his or her loved one. You may even want to download this care plan worksheet (PDF 258k) to help you prepare.

There may be many additional tasks that are not covered in the hospital discharge plan. Will someone need to be at home with you or your loved one throughout the day or just at specific times during the day?

Outlined below are four key activity areas that may require family caregivers to assume more responsibility, time and effort than normal day-to-day activities. Many of these activities may also require assistance from trained professionals, including home health care aides.

• Health Care Tasks (like changing dressings, monitoring vital signs, any medical equipment)

• Medication Management (picking up medications, track taking medications, monitoring side effects)

• Household Management (safety checks, preparing meals, shopping trips)

• Family Communications (medical contact lists, communication, paying bills, training family members, important documents)

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