Home Care Providers, Please Sign In

Friday, October 5th, 2007
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Broome County, New York’s Community Alternative Systems Agency — fittingly known as CASA — has a bird’s eye view of every type of care setting, explains its director, Michelle Berry. The program’s in-home longterm care assessment looks beyond the individual’s physical condition, she says, taking note of social, emotional and environmental factors.

To help patients own their care plans and improve recordkeeping, CASA hopes to soon train the homebound to use a “guest book” that will require visiting caregivers — nurse, physician, physicial therapist, etc. — to “sign in” and record the reason for each visit. This hard copy record would be the prototype for an eventual online care record, Berry explains, and would hopefully reduce the number of hospital readmissions.

Click here to listen to Ms. Berry’s comments.

The communication log in the care notebook prototype suggested by the Brain Injury Resource Foundation (BIRF) comes close to Ms. Berry’s project. The BIRF site offers downloadable forms for many* of the care book components it recommends, including:

  • Calendar – place in a plastic cover at the beginning of the notebook
  • Caregiver

  • Caretaker Log*
  • 3-hole punched pocket folder for time sheets

  • Philosophy of Care
  • House rules

  • Care Schedules
  • Activities of Daily Living Checklist (sample)

  • Bladder/Bowel Record*
  • Medications Schedule*

  • Medications List*
  • Recreation

  • Therapies (keep instructions from therapists here)
  • Food Instructions*

  • Emergency –
  • Emergency Contact Information*

  • Emergency Consent to Treat Form*
  • Emergency Medical and Insurance Information*

  • Communications Log* – (use notebook paper to keep a daily log of information between caregivers and family or caregiver to caregivers.)
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