What is a care plan ?????
Everyone with a long-term condition can have a care plan if they want one.
A care plan is an agreement between you and your health professional (and/or social services) to help you manage your health day-to-day. It can be a written document or something recorded in your patient notes.
Everyone who has a long-term condition can take part in making their care plan. It helps to assess what care you need and how it will be provided.
If you think a care plan could help you, talk to your GP, nurse or social worker about the support you need to manage your condition better. Mention things that are important to you and any goals you want to work towards. These can range from losing weight or stopping smoking, to going out more or getting back to work.
Also, try to talk about anything that might be worrying you. For example, some people want to talk about how lonely or anxious they feel.
By talking about your care plan with the GP, nurse or social worker, you can say how you want to manage your health and choose what's best for you. The care plan will be based on what you want, so you're in control.
The care plan is to help you, rather than help the GP and other healthcare workers that look after you. It will cover areas including:
* the goals you want to work towards, such as getting out of the house more, returning to work, or starting a hobby
* the support services you want, who is in charge of providing these services, what the support services have agreed to do and when they will do it
* emergency numbers, such as who you should contact if you become very unwell and your doctor's surgery is closed
* an eating plan
* an exercise plan
Make sure you say what’s important to you and that you’re happy with any decisions that are put into the plan. Unless health and social care workers know what you want, they can’t put it in.
Usually your care plan will be printed on paper for you to take home. If...