Wellbeing Plan (Care Plan) - Information
Your Wellbeing Plan (Care Plan) is a place to keep important information about you and your health treatment in one place.
It will help you to check on your condition and learn the things that make you feel better or worse.
You can take it with you to all your appointments, can refer to it when you’re at home and update it as you go along.
A Wellbeing Plan has been developed locally with patients and health and social care colleagues to help you manage your health day to day.
Everyone who has a long-term condition can take part in making their care plan. It helps to assess what care you need and how it will be provided.
If you think a care plan could help you, talk to your GP, nurse or social worker about the support you need to manage your condition better. Mention things that are important to you and any goals you want to work towards. These can range from losing weight or stopping smoking, to going out more or getting back to work.
Also, try to talk about anything that might be worrying you. For example, some people want to talk about how lonely or anxious they feel.
By talking about your care plan with your GP, nurse or social worker, you can say how you want to manage your health and choose what is best for you. The care plan will be based on what you want so you are in control.
The care plan is designed to help you, rather than the GP and other healthcare workers that look after you.
It will cover areas including:
- the goals you want to work towards, such as getting out of the house more, returning to work, or starting a hobby
- the support services you want, who is in charge of providing these services, what the support services have agreed to do, and when they will do it
- emergency numbers, such as who you should contact if you become very unwell and your doctor's surgery is closed
- an eating plan
- an exercise plan
Make sure you say what is important to you.
When being seen by a health or care professional, ask for a paper copy of your discussions. You can then store this in your wellbeing plan.
All the information in the care plan is private, seen only by you and the people who give you care or support. If you want someone else to be allowed to see the care plan, you can say so.