Make Care Plan Interventions with a Timeline
Your care plan interventions should have measurable goals based on a timeline. For example, let’s return to the problem of caregiver burnout with Sally Hemingway
Ms. Hemingway had caregiver stress and burnout from caring for her aging live-in partner Mr. Jefferson days a week with no respite.
Here is your care plan goal:
To reduce caregiver stress and burden from extended family caregiver Sally Hemingway so she is able to continue to care for her elderly “ partner” Mr. Jefferson
Here is your Intervention’s with a timeline in each:
1) The GCM Miss Fullcharge will visit weekly for 3 months on a day Sally does not have respite to talk with her and to assess whether Sally’s caregiver burnout and stress is improving.
2) Miss Fullcharge will meet privately with Sally, without Mr. Jefferson present, during the visit to assess whether she is less, stressed,
3) Miss Fullcharge will talk to Mr. Jefferson, privately, on each visit to make sure he is satisfied with the care provider and all his needs are met while he allows Sally respite.
4). Miss Fullcharge will review the charting of “ Good Help” care, to make sure the care provider is completing all the tasks on the care plan to reduce Sally’s stress
5) Ms. Fullcharge will phone the supervisor at Good Care private duty home care agency each week or as problems arise Mr. Jefferson ‘s care provider either improves the care or is replaced.
How are these goals measurable? You should have a Care Monitoring Report that you complete each time you visit. The results can be summed up in a monthly report to the client, weekly e-mail to the client or by submitting a copy of the reports if requested. Your own charting and reports should show over times that Sally’s caregiver stress is reduced and Mr. Jefferson remains comfortable with this arrangement. If not you will have to create new interventions.
So this is how you have one care plan goal and measure it.