Care plans are a complete sham


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

Caring Times, July/August 2013

I have just read John Burton’s article about care plans in Caring Times (CT, June 2013) and I must say I could not agree enough with him. It is a complete sham.

We had an inspection in March, and because our care plans were not “person centred” enough we had to re-do them all. This was very stressful for us and it took a long time, a lot of sleepless nights and no days off as we had six weeks to complete the task. I personally do not think we have gained anything apart from an enormous amount of extra paper in the care plan itself.

I started nursing in 1970 and have of course seen many changes. The most change however I feel is that of extra paperwork which is why nurses these days do not have enough time for the hands-on work which is so needed. If you go into a hospital to do an assessment or simply to take someone in for admission, you are asked the same questions sometimes as many as five or six times by different people. And it is documented each time.

I have always thought that if the Care Commission want us to do all this, it should be them who actually design a standard universal care plan. Thank you for this article. I think that all care homes should get together and make a stand on care plans!

– Jane, Care home manager (Wales)

 





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