What makes a care plan successful? It must be resident-specific and resident-centered. While there may be some common factors, each care plan must be unique because each resident is unique.
Each care plan must be written with great thought and care by professionals who have experience and know-how. It must be written with input from the people who know the resident best—guardians, care managers, etc. The care plan should be as specific as possible and contain “actionable items” that help staff know exactly how to best help the resident.
The care plan is a “living document,” which means it is updated as necessary with ongoing input from Browns Living’s regional directors, care managers, shift supervisors, and direct caregivers as well as the resident’s external care managers, psychologists, guardians, behavioral specialists, and other professionals. Target behaviors, successful interventions, and other ongoing experiences are documented and help guide decisions for what needs to be revised, added, or removed from the care plan.
The resident’s staffing ratio. Typically, Browns Living’s direct caregivers support residents at a minimum of one-to-one during waking hours. Overnight caregivers remain awake to be ready to address any behaviors or elopements that may occur. Employees build a rapport with the residents and develop an understanding of their likes and aversions, as well as the best coping skills to reduce target behaviors.
Outings and on-site activities. Keeping residents consistently occupied with fun, engaging activities is essential to each care plan because the root cause of many target behaviors is boredom.
Positive behavior reinforcements. We work with each resident to reinforce good behavior through verbal praise, smiles, and compliments. To minimize target behaviors, residents must also understand what good behavior is and know that it is recognized and appreciated.
Daily routines. Consistent daily routines are established for each resident. Activity calendars help residents plan their day, stay focused on their responsibilities, and look forward to favorite events.
Behavior triggers and de-escalation techniques. The care plan helps staff understand what can trigger each resident’s target behaviors and how to best de-escalate residents when they are having a target behavior.
Communication techniques. Even residents who are unable to communicate verbally are able to express their wants and needs because their one-to-one caregiver is in tune with them. Browns Living residents know that their concerns are valid and that staff are invested in what residents have to say.