8. Care Assessments
Care and support planning
Many peoples live with a condition and/or disability every day and make involve others in decisions about how to manage the issues/conditions it. Over time, learning what works best, what information, care and support needed helps the individual manage their lives.
They bring the skills and knowledge to help understand conditions/issues/disabilities and the choices for monitoring, treatment and available support.
Care and support planning makes the best use of available knowledge facilities and resources gained with professional expertise and the time spent devising the plan
What is care and support planning?
Care and support planning is about individuals working with a care and support partner to think about:
- what is important for the individual
- things the individual can do to live and stay well
- what care and support may be required from others
- What can be done by the individual themselves
RISK Assessment and Management
A Risk Management Plan is a document that a care or support worker prepares prevent or minimise risks, estimate impacts, and define responses to issues.
A risk is “an uncertain event or condition that, if it occurs, has a positive or negative effect on an individual’s health, welfare and safety”. Risk is inherent with any individual with an illness, injury or emotional disability, risk managers should assess risks continually and develop plans to address them. The risk management plan contains an analysis of likely risks with both high and low impact, as well as mitigation strategies to help the project avoid being derailed should common problems arise. Risk management plans should be periodically reviewed by the care or support team to avoid having negative effects from the care or support provided.
Most critically, Risk Management Plans include a risk strategy. Broadly, there are four potential strategies, with numerous variations. Managers of risk may choose to ACAT:
- Avoid risk — Change plans to circumvent the problem; which is not always the best solution
- Control/Mitigate risk; — Reduces impact or likelihood (or both) through intermediate steps;
- Accept risk— Take the chance of negative impact
- Transfer risk — Outsource risk (or a portion of the risk – Share risk) to third parties that can manage the outcome. This can be involving specialist, i.e. dietitians, physiotherapists etc. who can add value and knowledge to improve the outcomes
The JET 18 Support Plans contain risk assessment and management of those risks to maximise the individual to live their live and engage in activities that will enhance their lives and welfare.