How important is a care plan? A care plan is essential. It lays out the plan of action a person needs to take in partnership with their care provider(s) to be able to achieve the outcomes they want for their health and wellness. Effective care plans help patients lead independent lives, have a higher quality of life, participate in their healthcare, and treat and/or prevent health issues.
Care Plans for High Risk Patients
Plans for high-risk patients are very effective in helping them through episodes and care transitions. These plans serve to:
Care Plans for Wellness
Care plans don’t have to be reserved for those who already have health issues. They are also important for people who are working toward a life of wellness. To achieve wellness, you need a plan of action. You need to know what you should be doing and what you shouldn’t be doing to reach the level of health you are seeking. A care plan provides that roadmap.
The best care plans are goal-oriented and are written in common language so that they can be easily understood by all parties. They also leave room for flexibility and change.
Care plans typically include an ongoing and sequential approach as well as the measurement tactics that will be used to determine the effectiveness of the plan and the indicators that allude to when the plan needs to be changed. Here is what most care plans include:
The more comprehensive and thorough of an evaluation and assessment is performed, the more personalized and effective your care plan will be. More time and effort up front leads to quicker and better outcomes, rather than lost time, money and effort being made on treatments that might not be the most effective.
Some care plans are better than others. The best kind of care plan is one that is truly personalized to the patient’s needs and lifestyle and will include the following in addition to the five parts listed above:
Prediction & Prevention
Care plans aren’t just for treating existing issues. Everyone should have a care plan because we should all be working toward preventing health issues from coming up. Treatment is difficult and isn’t always effective. Never getting a disease, on the other hand, is the most effective treatment available.
CarpeVITA’s personalized care plans use prediction methods such as genomics to predict and then prevent health issues. This is the height of personalization and prevention and it allows for much improved health outcomes.
The more involved the patient is in the assessment process, the better the plan will be. According to a January 2016 HINtelligence Report, “patient engagement is the most significant barrier to care plan success.” Care plans simply will not work without the daily participation of the patient because it is through healthy lifestyle changes that most individuals get the results they seek when it comes to their health.
Care plans should be reviewed in increments set by the healthcare provider to determine the effectiveness of the plan and whether or not all aspects of the plan are still appropriate. What isn’t working should be revised and what is working should be continued. A flexible plan is an effective plan.
Ask your healthcare provider about setting up a personalized care plan so that you can put your health on the road to wellness. Check out a CarpeVITA Health Network near you!