If you work in care you will probably spend a great deal of time carefully planning and organising your care pathways and plans. So how do you know if your care plans are comprehensive enough and will not only pass a regulatory inspection, but will actively help those in your care receive effective support? In order to help care providers avoid the pitfalls associated with poor care plans, we’ve compiled a list of the ‘Top 12 mistakes poor care plans make’ and a subsequent list of methods you can use to avoid making them.
What makes a poor care plan?
- Those in your care don’t have any involvement in their care planning
- The care plans you use are not focused enough on the holistic needs of the person in care
- The information within the plans isn’t specific in setting out the needs of the person in care, the goals you want to achieve and the support required
- The care plans are not easily understood by those in care or providing it
- The care plans do not contain enough detail to be useful
- The information with the care plans is either misleading, non-factual or both
- The care plan has any sarcasm, rude or rude terminology contained within it
- The care plans focus solely on the disabilities of a person rather than their abilities
- The care plans do not justify why specific types of care are given and fails to base these on the person’s needs
- They contain no clear evidence that any regulatory outcomes are being met
- Contains no reference or evidence as to when the plan was created, updated or modified
- The care plans are static documentation with no reviews, evaluations leaving them unable to adapt to a person’s evolving needs
How can you make sure that you avoid the pitfalls of poor care plans?
Each of the points we’ve made above, has its own set of risks and requirements associated with it, below we’ve detailed how we’ve found the best way to overcome these pitfalls and how you can navigate through them:
- Always involve the person with their own care plan
- Make sure you question the full set of needs for the person in care
- Be SMART about your care plans (link to site)
- Use an electronic system like Nourish to ensure that all of your care plans are easily understood by those involved in care
- Make sure you record an appropriate level of detail in each case
- Keep your records to factual and truthful information
- Remember your care plans can be read by anyone, ensure you stay professional at all times
- Be positive in your recording methods, don’t focus on the negatives
- Explain why care is being provided and how it meets the person’s needs
- Ensure that you adhere to regulatory requirements at all times
- Using digital care plan management software will make sure that all activities logged are recorded with a time and date stamp. This means you are always able to prove what was provided and when
- Make sure you set regular intervals for review
How can you find out more about how Nourish can help your care planning?
If you’d like to find out more about how Nourish can help you improve your care planning and avoid some of the pitfalls we’ve discussed above, then give us a call on 02380 002 288 alternatively you can drop us an email at Caring@Nourishcare.co.uk and one of our experts will happily respond.