What is the importance of a care plan?


A proper appreciation of the importance of "Individual or Person-Centred Planning" can be fairly difficult for a person who independently manages his or her own affairs.

The idea of assessment and planning meetings with others providing input is not usually considered, but for people who are ageing, and in particular, accessing aged care services, the idea of “Individual Care Planning” is critical. 

Simply put, “Individual Planning” involves:

 • deciding what a person wants in their life, 

• identifying what is needed to secure these “things or events”, 

• determining how to access these needs, 

• arranging the resources required, 

• organising access to the supports required,

• implementing the action associated with the “plan”, and 

• evaluating the progress and outcome of the action undertaken. 

In the context of aged care services, the individual planning process may be include an Individual Care Plan (residential setting), or a Home Care Plan or Domestic Assistance Plan (community setting) dependent upon the level of support and type of service required. 

The process described above may prove more difficult for a person who is ageing and who may be experiencing memory loss, dementia, grief and/or loss and may require significant levels of assistance in order to undertake a planning process.  

Consequently, involving others such as health professionals and their opinions will be necessary in planning the support required. The effectiveness and reliability of the information and assistance they provide, become pivotal features of the planning process. The opinions and actions of these support persons are central to successful planning and resultant service provision. Good planning and service provision is often marked by its ability to enable the ageing person to assert the level of control closely matched to the level of their ability / competence in each of the core steps listed previously.

Successful Ageing

Promoting successful ageing is an important outcome when working with people with who are ageing. Successful and positive ageing will mean different things to different people.

Those outcomes that are commonly identified are:

✓ Being able to maximise independence and control over one’s life

✓ A safe, secure living environment

✓ The presence of good physical and mental health

✓ Participating in activities that are meaningful to the person, on a regular basis

✓ Having current and future needs met through the implementation of appropriate support strategies, focusing on strengths and person-centred planning

✓ Easy access to services and facilities for an ageing population

✓ Access to a variety of appropriate transport options

✓ The opportunity to stay in their own home for as long as possible with access to support services

✓ Being seen as an active, valued member of the community

✓ Opportunities for lifelong learning

Uphold Basic Rights

For successful ageing to occur, it is important that you are aware of, and uphold basic human rights of the aging client:

• to be in charge of their life, money and possessions

• the right to privacy

• to be treated with dignity and respect

• good quality care that meets all of the client’s needs

• to be informed about their rights, care, and accommodation

• the right to complain and take steps to sort out any problems

• the right to advocacy support.

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