Health Care Planning

Some individuals in home sharing have a current Health Care Plan that directs how health care services are provided. As a home sharing provider, it is crucial that you understand the importance of Health Care Plans.

The following are examples of promising practices:

HEALTH CARE PLANNING

standard: Home sharing providers ensure that each individual with significant health care issues is supported by planning that identifies critical health care needs

rationale: Health care planning helps ensure that appropriate action is taken and timely decisions are made in supporting the care of each individual with an acute or chronic health care condition(s).

  • A nurse from Health Services for Community Living or Home and Community Care develops the Health Care Plan in consultation with the individual, family, and home sharing provider.
  • Health care is provided according to the protocols outlined in each Health Care Plan.
  • Health Care Plans are monitored to ensure the individuals being supported have access to health care and changes to the plan are made as needed.
  • If the Personal Assistance Guidelines apply, all applicable protocols are followed.

Once developed, the Health Care Plan becomes part of an overall support plan for the individual. Having a support plan in place for each person served is a CLBC requirement. Each support plan includes enough information to enable someone other than the home sharing provider to support the individual.

Jamal has epileptic seizures. The seizures sometimes happen several times a day. Jamal’s health care professionals have documented a seizure management strategy in Jamal’s Health Care Plan. If an assistant or respite worker looks after Jamal, they will also be trained by the health care professional to follow the plan. As a result, the assistant or respite worker will know what to do during and after a seizure, and whether a doctor should examine Jamal.