Everyone receiving a care home or domiciliary care service must have a care and support plan, which shows how their assessed needs will be met. The plan should set out their health, personal and social care needs and include full details about how the care service will meet those needs. It should be regularly reviewed and should address changes in needs and specialist needs.

The plan should state what outcomes are sought for and by the service user, and how all involved in their welfare will work together to achieve them.

Care home care and support plans are likely to be broader in scope than domiciliary care service plans because care homes provide 24-hour care, whereas a domiciliary care service can be more narrowly focused and time-limited.

However, domiciliary care services can also contribute to intensive and comprehensive packages of care and support, including in supporting living arrangements. The principles and processes of care and support planning are common to all services, though there will be some differences within and between services.

It should be noted that each UK country now has common standards for residential and domiciliary care.

This topic should be read in relation to the Needs Assessment topic.

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