Long-Term Care

"I" care: Writing care plans for a new culture

PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, June 1, 2009

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Resident care plans are being written in a new voice as more SNFs replace traditional medical-model care plans with “I” care plans. “I” care plans, also known as resident-centered or person-directed care plans, attempt to move away from the medical model of care planning by focusing on individual residents’ needs and preferences.

“I” care plans are usually written in the first person, using statements such as “I want to complete my rehabilitation quickly and return home as soon as possible.”

Under the medical-model care plan, many facilities state a diagnosis or problem, a goal, and then list numerous interventions. The problem with this model is often that the care plan isn’t individualized for the resident, so the interventions don’t work, says Bonnie G. Foster, RN, BSN, MEd, a long-term care consultant in Columbia, SC.

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