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Today, I am working on care-plans!

I am always talking about “care-plans” and/or care-planning. Why, you ask? Good question! Developing a plan of care is a fundamental nursing tool. Care-plans were one of the first items presented to me as a young student nurse, as they still are today across the healthcare spectrum. A care-plan is to a patient and the health care team providing treatment to that patient, as a road map is to a driver. In my world of caring for care-givers, care-planning is cornerstone. A care-plan is the tool that each client assists me with in planning care for an aging loved one or a loved one suffering dementia or chronic illness. In “Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home or Other Long-Term Care, ” Medicare explains the basic need for care-planning and what is expected of heath care facilities when it comes down to planning for the care of each patient. Please read…

The nursing home staff will get your health information and review your health condition to prepare your care plan. You (if you’re able), your family (with your permission), or someone acting on your behalf has the right to take part in planning your care with the nursing home staff. Your care plan is very important. A good care plan can help make sure that you’re getting the care you need, help the nursing home understand your personal goals and wishes, and help make your stay better. Your health assessment (a review of your health condition) begins the day you’re admitted. A comprehensive assessment must be completed within 14 days of admission. You should expect to get a health assessment at least every 90 days after your first review, and possibly more often if your medical status changes. The nursing home staff will assess your condition regularly to see if your health status has changed. They will adjust your care plan as needed. Nursing homes are required to submit this information to the federal government. This information is used for quality measures, nursing home payment, and state inspections.

“Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home or Other Long-Term Care” is prepared by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

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