What is a Care Plan?
A Care Plan is a very important part of your Home Care. It records your needs and goals, what you would like to achieve towards improving your life at home by using the funds made available by the HCP.
The goals and needs will determine the types of services and/or equipment your are eligible for. Clients and their representatives often ask, "what services can I have?". The answer to this greatly depends on the clients goals and needs and the supports that will be required to achieve these goals.
Instead of thinking in terms of what services I can have, you need to be able to define what you would like to achieve. This could be as simple as, "when I was able, I had a clean house, I would go for walks every day and enjoyed going shopping. I would like to have a clean house, I would like to walk some days but I cannot by myself and I would still like to go to the shops every week". This could translate into several possible services such as a regular domestic clean and a spring clean, an accompanied support worker for walks and/or a physiotherapist to help build up strength to enable walks and a support worker to take you shopping regularly etc.
Hence a statement of goals and needs would help determine the services you can receive.
What is the process in Care Planning?
The Care Planner will lead you through the process of designing a care plan. Remember that HCP delivers Consumer Directed Care (CDC). What this means is that you, if you wish, you can be involved in your care plan. You state your goals and needs. To help you the care planner will guide you. You can also have present at the care planning a family member, your representative or a friend. If English is not your first language, you should let the care planner know when they make an appointment. The care planner can organise a translator to be present at the meeting to help translate, so that there are no errors in understanding.
The process of care planning involves:
- Determining your goals and needs
- Establishing what the obstacles are in achieving these goals
- Recording your desires on how, when and by whom (cultural needs, gender preferences etc.) the services can be delivered
- Identifying the types of services and/or equipment that may be required in fulfilling these needs
- Recording how often these services will need to be delivered in order to be effective
- If you already have a paid service in place and wish for the HCP to take up this cost, then the details of the support worker (caveat: the current support worker must be fit to provide the service as per the Aged Care guidelines)
- Recording your health and medical history, social situation, living arrangements etc.
- Recording the medications you take and allergies you may have, etc.
Once the care planner has recorded the above, they will also discuss with you options of the types of services that will be appropriate to meeting your goals. Remember, you have the right to decide on alternative solutions, as long as these solutions are able to meet your stated goals. If the choices you make are not safe or pose certain risks, you will be informed about the risks involved.