Participation is key to a good care plan

Posted on July 17th, by geoff in Caring Times head, Caring Times letters. No Comments

Caring Times, July/August 2013

I was interested to read John Burton’s article on care plans (CT, June 2013) and agree with everything he says.

Care plans which sit in an office and are only seen by a few members of staff at set times of the day are not very meaningful. The resident should see his/her care plan every day, be offered the opportunity to see it, contribute to it, write in it and review it. Some people (residents) will want to take part and be able to take part more than others, but ‘offering the opportunity’ is the key to helping residents feel it belongs to them and is part of enabling them to have the care they want. From my experience many people with dementia can ‘own’ their care plans as much as other people, if they are given the opportunity and it can become part of their lives.

The key is that all staff need to be committed to make them a working tool – for the residents as well as for staff.

– Cathy Butterworth RN

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