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What is a Care Plan?

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How do you combine care plans from multiple assessments? First let’s look at what is a care plan. After the initial assessment information is gathered from multiple assessments, a comprehensive list of the client’s problems and interventions should be generated. This list is called a care plan.

A care plan is a strategy to repair the holes in your clients’ web or safety net. Your client is experiencing problems because the web of support or his or her own functioning has deficits or holes. The care plan suggests a way to repair those holes by recommending the right services at the right time for the right amount of money. As I have mentioned many times, you are Charlotte, the crafty spider from Charlotte’s Web, using the large continuum of care in your community to recommend ways to repair holes in the older person’s personal web. But Charlotte is spinning multiple threads, much like the Internet. More about basic care plans next blog.


Cathy Cress holds an MSW in Aging from U.C. Berkeley. Her book Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Jones and Bartlett, is the bible of geriatric care management and came out in a fourth edition will be out in fall 2015 .Her book Care Managers, Working With the Aging Family, Jones and Bartlett is one of the few major books on the aging family. She just published My Geriatric Care Management Operations Manual, available on her web site Ms. Cress is the founder of GCM Consult, working with small and national groups who want to add or launch GCM businesses. She has taught geriatric care management at the University of Florida, San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley. Cress is a founding partner in CHN Consultants, “Your Partners in Eldercare Development”.