Patient centred shared care.
Where are your patients with their wound healing journey?
Identifying a patient for shared care should be considered throughout their wound healing journey, as they may not be able to support a shared care element initially.
However, further through the healing process, this may change and give you the opportunity to empower your patient to take on part of their care. This can have a positive effect on their overall health and wellbeing but also improve clinical outcomes.
There are fundamental aspects that need to be initially considered for a patient to safely take part in their care:
- Ability to perform the task being asked of them
- Capacity both mentally and physically
- Appropriate support network that may be available.
To be able to understand the patient, and if shared care is appropriate, you can incorporate this part of the assessment within the activities of daily living (ADL’s).