Person-centred care
April 6, 2022

Examples of person-centred care plans

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In this post, you'll discover the best examples of person centred care plans.

Not sure where to start with care planning? Looking for a guide or example care plan to help you get started?

There’s a wealth of information available to support you through every aspect of care planning, (for example here at Birdie we’ve created our own guide to care planning and a blog that outlines the basics of care planning software, plus tips on having the right conversations). But when it comes to a real care plan example that you can follow, the available options are a little limited. That's because there is no one-size-fits-all, standardised template for care planning.

Where can I find a care plan example template?

Care plans must be created individually to suit the needs of the people you’re caring for. A care plan for an individual with dementia would be vastly different to a care plan for a young adult who needs support due a disability.

That’s why, when it comes to finding an example care plan template for your home care agency, you might find it difficult to find one you can download or replicate.

We've included a printable example of a care plan template, based on the questions we use on the Birdie system, at the bottom of this article. It covers the personal information and preferences section of a care plan, and is a great starting point for setting goals and assigning tasks. If you need help with goal setting, you can download a free SMART template from Birdie too.

To help you, the next few steps in this article will walk you through the basics of a person centred care plan and show you how you can use the principles to create your own care plans. You can download and print a care plan example template at the end.

Elements to include in a care plan template

Here are a few elements to includes in your person-centred care plan :

  • Personal information
  • Medical history
  • Mental health
  • Social support
  • Environmental risks
  • Nutrition requirements
  • Interests and activities
  • Communication

Of course, there are many, many more you could focus on and each element may have multiple sub-elements inside, but not all areas will be required for every person.

Each area of the care plan template should include:

  • The area you’re focusing on (for example, communication or personal care)
  • The person’s desired outcomes in this area
  • How you will support them with their outcomes/how they would like support

Do I need to create every care plan from scratch?

You don’t always need to create a care plan from scratch. The elements inside each care plan should be different for each client, but you could start with a basic care plan framework for each client and personalise accordingly. That’s exactly how we create care plans at Birdie. Our care planning software allows you to choose the areas that need more information and you can fill out the relevant sections, without having to create a new document every time. 

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Here’s how we create person centred care plans that are in-line with CQC requirements at Birdie

Example care plan : Birdie's Care planning software agency hub home page assessments

Within each category you can add objectives and tasks, and personalise these alongside your clients.

For example:

If the person in your care has recently been discharged from hospital after a fall, they may have a goal to be able to resume an activity (for example; walking in the garden) once again.

By making a note of this goal with them, you can devise a plan to support them, using all of the elements above. Walking in the garden may require:

  • A risk assessment of the garden
  • The medical history of the person (how long until their injuries heal, for example)
  • Social support from outside (how can occupational therapists and families help progress this goal?)
  • A waterlow assessment to inform decisions on how often this person should be encouraged to move/change positions if they are currently immobile

As this goal (and every goal) is very specific, it’s difficult to provide a one-size-fits-all framework for a care plan that can be adapted to suit everyone’s requirements, however... 

If you’re not using care planning software like Birdie, you could create a Word document with appropriate tables that summarise the points above. Here’s an example excerpt that focuses on personal care:

Example care plan: Area of care: Personal care - What care and support needs do I currently have?Due to arthritis and reduced eyesight I am not able to fully manage my personal care. I need help with washing and dressing, although I like to choose my outfits and perfume. I need help washing my hair and bathing.I like to have a bath and wash my hair twice a week. I use Dove bath cream and I wash my hair using Pantene. These are in the cupboard in my bathroom. Other products can irritate my skin.I am visited by my hairdresser, Jayne, every week. She sets my hair every Friday afternoon at 4pm. I really enjoy visits with Jayne and she often gives me inspiration on my outfit choices. I like to wear nail varnish, but I find it difficult to hold the bottle, so I need some help with this.‍What are my desired outcomes?I would like to be clean and dressed in an outfit of my choosing every day. I would like to have my nails painted and wear my favourite perfume.I would like the staff to respect my dignity and ensure my privacy at all times during personal care.‍How do I want staff to support me to achieve my desired outcomes?I need help and support from one carer with most aspects of personal care and to ensure that doors and blinds are closed when it is taking place.I am a very private person.I would like staff to be there while I wash and dry my face, hands and underarm areas. I need help with washing and drying other areas. I would like carers to check my fingernails and assist me to keep them neat, clean and short. I prefer staff to use my emery board rather than nail clippers.I would like a carer to help me to have a bath and hair wash twice a week (preferably on a Monday evening and a Friday morning). I can get anxious using a bath chair I so need verbal reassurance. I would like to continue with my weekly visits from my hairdresser Jayne andregular feet checks to make sure my toenails are OK. I need staff to tell me if these plans change.

This is of course, just one example area. You can see a full care plan example, here (from Devon County Council).

One really important area in every care plan is the personal details section, where you can list a person's preferences, needs and any external social and economic factors that may influence their care needs. Click below for a free template from Birdie for you to download and print.

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A quick note on digital vs paper care planning

Using a word document that’s printed in a client’s house and distributed to family members and others involved in their care can be a time consuming process - and takes a long time to update when changes are made. If you’re interested in digitising your care plans, you can read all about the difference between paper and digital care planning software here.  Find out more about person centred care planning, here or get a free SMART care plan template, here.

We hope this overview of some care plan examples helps you with your person centred care planning. If you’re interested in digitising your care planning process with care planning software, get in touch with our team - they’ll be happy to walk you through the available options and help you decide on the right digital plan for you. 

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