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What is the importance of care plans in nursing?

Nursing care plans are important as they document the specific, current, nursing care requirements of each resident living in the nursing care home. They include the individual’s nursing care ‘dependency level’, which details the type and level of specialist nursing care required to meet their needs.

The information within the nursing care plan originates from the resident’s care assessment, which will have been carried out before they moved into the nursing care home as a way of understanding the support they need to live well. 

As dependency levels can go up and down, nursing care plans are revisited and updated regularly, to ensure that the resident’s health, well-being and nursing care needs can continue to be safely and effectively met within the nursing care home.

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