What is a Care Plan for the Elderly?
An individual Care Plan for the elderly is an individually designed plan that outlines the daily tasks for each home care client, based on their individual needs. At Advanced Nursing + Home Support, each home nursing Care Plan is developed by an RN following the completion of an in-home care assessment.
The Care Plan is a tool created by the RN to inform the assigned care provider on the duties they will perform that are within their scope of practice. CNA’s can assist with all ADL’s and IADL’s and each Care Plan is tailored to fit the needs of the individual being served. The Care Plan is then reviewed and updated every 90 days, or as the client’s needs change, by the RN.
What is Included in Home Health Care?
Because every client’s needs are unique, each Care Plan for elderly in-home care is carefully curated to fit the individual’s lifestyle and promote their optimal well-being. The home health nursing Care Plans takes all necessary factors into account: doctor’s orders, medication, client health concerns, as well as other essential needs such as cooking, light housekeeping, transportation, and attending to pets.
These personalized plans also include specific instructions for the Care Providers, as outlined in the initial assessment.
How are Needs Addressed in a Care Plan for Elderly Patients?
The client’s needs fall into two categories: Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) and Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). IADLs include activities that caregivers will oversee, such as light housekeeping, making meals, laundry, companionship, medications reminders, transportation to doctors’ appointments, grocery shopping, minor pet care, and assisting with communication (such as phone calls). ADLs include all personal care activities, such as bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, and eating.
How Often Should Nursing Care Plans be Updated?
Whenever a new need arises or a new opportunity is identified, your home health care plan should be updated. The Advanced Nursing + Home Support team knows that clients’ needs are always changing, which is why we regularly revisit every personal Care Plan for elderly patients and make any changes as needed. For example, if a client was able to get dressed and eat independently during his initial in-home care assessment, but later requires assistance with those tasks, the home health Care Plan would be updated to address their new needs.
Home Health Plan of Care Examples
After an initial assessment is completed, our professional team works with clients and their families to determine what type of care is needed, such as skilled nursing, personal, companion, or respite care. Advanced can provide everything from skilled nursing care, non-skilled personal care, or just companionship. This initial Care Plan sample for elderly patients forms the basis for later, more detailed plans. This information forms the backbone of our care plans. View a care plan example for elderly here.