The Importance of Care Plans & Beyond

Misty A. Watson

Misty A. Watson




A care plan is written information about how to best care for your child’s health needs. A care plan may include specific medication your child takes and the time they take it, particular foods your child should avoid, how often your child gets physical therapy, or what to do for your child in an emergency.

Care plans share information with others who take care of your child. This may include doctors, nurses, therapists, emergency medics, teachers, child care providers, respite providers, grandparents, friends, and neighbors.

An estate plan is much more than a will. An effective plan considers your personal circumstances and goals. The more important purposes of estate planning include protecting your assets during your life, planning for possible disabilities, and ensuring your wishes are carried out both during your life and after your death. Estate planning also includes planning for various health-related contingencies so your wishes are clear even if you cannot make decisions for yourself in the future. Here is a sample Care Plan for your child.

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