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What is a care plan?

Advice for carers

If you or a loved one are looking for care, you’ll need to arrange a care plan

A care plan sets out the type of care a person needs and the support they should be given, which helps family and friends know how they can best support their loved one. 

After an assessment by your local council, a care plan will also say how much money you can receive towards your care. 

Your care plan at Care UK 

If your loved one is moving into a Care UK care home, our team will get to know them through our life story books, which document everything from their favourite food to where they lived throughout their life. This will inform a care plan outlining how they’d like to continue living once they move into care.  

Our colleagues create care plans that put the personal choices of residents at the centre of the support they provide – this is called person-centred care. 

Teams – from Head Chef to Suite Manager to Lifestyle Lead – will come together each month to review residents’ care plans as part of our Resident of the Day programme. This means your loved one’s care plan will be adapted to their changing desires and needs. 

What does a care plan include? 

  • What type of care and support you need 

  • What equipment you need if you are living at home 

  • What care you can get from your local council and how much the council will spend on your care 

  • What outcomes you would like to achieve 

  • Contact details if you have any questions about your care 

Why is a care plan important? 

A care plan is your guide to the care and support you need. No two care plans will ever be the same because no two people are the same.  

It will give you information and advice to support you and your loved one, as well as important details about the cost of arranging care and someone to contact to help you with any questions. 

It also provides vital information for carers, so they can provide consistent, high-quality care to residents that is tailored to each individual and responsive to any changing needs. 

A care plan will ensure that your loved one’s wishes are followed and that they live life to the full as independently as possible, doing the things they enjoy. 

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Frequently asked questions

An end of life care plan incorporates any advance care planning, including wishes around the pain relief, treatments and who is granted power of attorney. It might also include where and how care is recieved.

Find out more about end of life care plans

A nursing care plan is a personalsied care plan that sets out your individual nursing needs and highlights how they will be met.

Find out more about nursing care plans.

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