As a Geriatric Care Manager , you should start your care plan with the problem you were initially asked to solve . Why was your agency called in? For example, was the client unkempt and unable to shower alone when the out-of-town son visited? Was the adult daughter calling you because her mother refused home care and wants her to do all the care, although the daughter has a full time job? The daughter is at ” end of her rope” and wants to place her mother and wants your profession opinion about what the family should do. We can see this in our client Gertrude Sterling on You Tube
Start there. This becomes your first problem in your care plan. Always start with the initial presenting problem.
How do you find the remaining problems in the care plan? After addressing the first problem, continue by listing the client’s functional problems. What are the deficits you discovered in your functional assessment? A few examples might be the following: unable to prepare meals, unable to walk without a cane, unable to bathe, in pain, poor diet, hip replacement thus poor ambulation. Add these problems to your care plan.