Whether you live alone, are in a long-term care facility or are part of a large household, all adults should have a care plan.
A care plan can be a simple list that includes:
- Your health conditions,
- Current medications you’re taking,
- All of your health care providers,
- Your insurance information,
- Your emergency contacts and their telephone numbers, and
- End-of-life care options (for example, advance directives).
By completing a care plan with advice from your primary health care provider or nursing home staff, you are providing important information for caregivers should you ever face an emergency.
Once completed, be sure to update your care plan every year or any time you have a change in your health or medications.
Care plans can help reduce Emergency Center visits and hospitalizations, and improve overall medical management if you have a chronic health condition, such as heart disease or diabetes. And, that can improve your overall quality of life!
Suddenly becoming injured or ill, such as having an unexpected fall or stroke, is not the time to begin searching for a list of your medications, insurance card, emergency contact information and other crucial details! By having a care plan easily accessible, you have a quick reference to guide others in your care.