HSM 250 Week 7 Written Assignment Care Plan
HSM 250 Week 7 Written Assignment Care Plan
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1 Care Plan Care Plan for John Smith Axia College 2 Care Plan Care Plan for John Smith This client is a 74year old man who lives with his wife in a trailer on private land. He has come to our agency on the urging of his wife to see what services may be available to assist them in their daily living situations, as well as the urgent power situation they face. For the purpose of this assignment, I will assume that he is not the land owner, but that he does own his trailer. His medical issues, home health care options, insurance coverage, eligibility for public assistance, potential loss of electrical services, and needed roof repairs need to be addressed. Mr. Smith is completely dependent on Social Security, for himself and his wife, as a source of income. The amount they receive is not adequate to cover living expenses. The agency needs to act as a liaison to the local social services agency in order to determine eligibility for food stamps, medical, cash aid, and other referralbased programs. Because of the power shutoff notice, he is eligible to have his case reviewed at Social Services immediately. It is unknown whether this client has a military background, but if so he may be eligible for Veteran’s Affairs Department benefits. After determining what public support he is eligible for, we will better be able direct him to services. Our agency needs to find out what insurance coverage this patient has available to him. Assuming since he has Social Security that he has also signed up for Medicare he does have access to medical care. If he has not signed up for Medicare, forms must be completed and submitted to get him on board as soon as possible. If private insurance is 3 Care Plan involved in retirement benefits, we need to find out what is covered so we can best help him get the care he needs. Mr. Smith suffers from severe arthritis which requires use of a walker at home and a wheelchair for mobility away from home. His wheelchair is manually operated, uncomfortable, and in poor repair. This limits his ability to get out of his home and limits his quality of life. Under Medicare Part B, wheelchairs and other assistance devices can be covered. This would allow our client to get a newer, more functional wheelchair. Home health care options (home nursing, ambulatory care, and other services) may also be available. I believe we need a current assessment of this patients mobility issues to determine what services may be needed. This client also suffers from poorlycontrolled, insulin dependent diabetes, hypertension, and panic attacks. He should be given a full medical examination to assist in the implementation of a proper care plan for his health issues. Panic attacks can be related to medical or psychiatric problems, so they need to be fully evaluated by trained personnel. He may need assistance from a trained home health care nurse in partnership with doctors to get his medication and medical issues under control. The client has received a shut off notice from the local power company. There are programs which are set up to help lowincome and disadvantaged households. Pacific Gas and Electric Company offers discounts under their CARE program for regular power bills. In this case, the need for assistance is urgent to maintain power to the home. The federallyfunded Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) can intercede in emergency 4 Care Plan situations to keep power on in homes. Assistance will be provided to get these forms filed immediately to prevent shut off of power. The roof of their trailer house is also in need of repair to keep water from coming in during winter months. Grants and other funding are often available through state and federal government sources. Able Industries, a local group that trains the disabled in trades, offers free or very inexpensive repairs for the elderly and disabled. Madsen Roof Company will do emergency roof repairs for people in need with cooperation from other local merchants. Habitat for Humanity and other private organizations often help people in need connect with needed services. The agency will act as liaison to connect this client with potential sources for help with repairs. After having identified the needs of this client, finding out what public support services are available to he and his wife will help the agency make the appropriate referrals. They may be eligible for food stamps, cash aid, medical assistance and other types of help. Identifying what insurance resources, Medicare or private, he has available will assist us in getting him needed assistance devices and home health care, if deemed appropriate. Making sure he is seen by a physician and other trained professionals will help him get his medical and psychological issues addressed. Federal, state, local and private agencies can help Mr. Smith keep his power turned on, but also offer discounts on continuing bills. Contacting federal and state offices to request grant information related to roof repairs for the disabled and elderly may alleviate that issue. If it does not, contacting local charitable groups and businesses may get this problem resolved. 5 Care Plan By assisting this individual in resolving his immediate needs, we may be able to bring him a more fulfilling and rewarding life. Determining eligibility for support programs may ease some of the monetary and food issues which have presented themselves. Providing him with needed care and medical assistance tools, he will be able to get out of his home easier and be more willing to participate in his medical treatment plan. Connecting him with resources for energy assistance and roof repair will make his home a safer and more comfortable place to live. Helping him to solve some of his everyday life issues will make this client better able to deal with the issues which may present in the future. 6 Care Plan References Able Industries (2006) Retrieved from the Internet website on October 24, 2009 http://www.ableindustries.org/index.html California Department of Community Services and Development (2007), LIHEAP Program, Retrieved from Internet website on October 25, 2009 http://www.csd.ca.gov/Programs/Low%20Income%20Home%20Energy %20Assistance%20Program%20(LIHEAP).aspx Madsen Roof Company (2008) Retrieved from Internet website on October 24, 2009 http://www.madsenroof.com/news_press/high_quality_commercial_roofing.htm Pacific Gas and Electric Company (2009) CARE: California Alternative Rates for Energy. Retrieved from Internet website on October 24, 2009. http://www.pge.com/care/
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