Assessment and Care Planning

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Assessment is the process of identifying the strengths, needs, wants, and aspirations of people. In end of life care, assessment and care planning (sometimes called support planning) is likely to include medical therapeutic interventions alongside meeting other needs of the patient, such as social, spiritual, religious and personal interests and hobbies.

Some assessments can be formal, for example, the use of medical equipment like x-rays and cognitive tests, whilst others take place informally during conversations or observations. It is important that the information gathered is included in care plans and shared appropriately. Storing information in a care plan is a great way of enhancing communication between members of staff. Listening to people and their other carers allows you to collectively formulate the best care plan possible for the service user. They should be encouraged to be a part of the discussions and decision-making processes wherever possible, in ensuring their care plan meets their needs, as they see fit.

Remember too that care plans relate to the present and future, and should be regularly reviewed and if necessary adapted to meet any changing needs, circumstances, or priorities.