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The Top 12 Mistakes Poor Care Plans Make and How To Avoid Them

If you work in care you will probably spend a great deal of time carefully planning and organising your care plans and pathways. So how do you know if your care plans are comprehensive enough to not only pass a regulatory inspection, but actively help those in your care receive effective support?

In order to help care providers avoid the many pitfalls that come 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 and ensure you always use effective care plans.

What makes a poor care plan?

  1. Those in your care don’t have any involvement in their own care planning
  2. The care plans you use are not focused enough on the holistic needs of the person in your care
  3. The information within the care plan isn’t specific in setting out the needs of the person in care, the goals you want to achieve and the support that is required
  4. The care plans are not easily understood by carers or those being supported
  5. The care plans do not contain enough detail to be useful
  6. The information within the care plans is either misleading, non-factual or both
  7. The care plan has any sarcasm, inappropriate or unprofessional terminology contained within it
  8. The care plan focused solely on the disabilities of a person rather than their abilities
  9. The care plan does not justify why specific types of care are given and fails to base these on the person’s individual needs
  10. They contain no clear evidence that any regulatory outcomes are being met
  11. They contains no reference or evidence as to when the plan was created, updated or modified
  12. The care plan is static documentation with no reviews or 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 which all lead to a lower quality of care, but with the right approach, technology and techniques, care plans can be designed to avoid all of these pitfalls entirely.

Below we’ve detailed the best ways we’ve found to overcome these care plan pitfalls and how you can navigate through them yourself:

  1. Always involve the person with their own care plan
  2. Make sure you question the full set of needs for the person in care
  3. Be SMART about your care plans
  4. Adopt a digital system like Nourish to ensure that all of your care plans are easily understood by those involved in care
  5. Make sure you record an appropriate level of detail in each case
  6. Keep your records to factual and truthful information
  7. Remember your care plans can be read by anyone, ensure you stay professional at all times
  8. Be positive in your recording methods, don’t focus on the negatives
  9. Explain why care is being provided and how it meets the person’s needs
  10. Ensure that you adhere to regulatory requirements at all times
  11. 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
  12. 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, get in touch with the team or book a demo.