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Writing a Diabetes Care Plan
A Diabetes Care Plan (a.k.a. “Medical Care Plan”, “Student Care Plan”, or simply “Care Plan”) is a document which outlines your child’s individual needs and what specific actions are necessary to meet those needs. Anyone can write a care plan for a child with diabetes. Some schools consider this a school responsibility, and prefer to take on the task of writing a formal plan, based on information parents have provided about their child. Other schools are fine with parents providing written information that will serve as the plan. Writing a Care Plan doesn’t have to be intimidating – just ask yourself: What would I like my child’s teachers/administrators to know about how to keep her safe and help her manage her diabetes while she is at school?
The specific information you contribute for your child’s Diabetes Care Plan may include (but is certainly not limited to):
The easiest way to provide the needed information is to simply fill in the blanks in a Diabetes Care Plan form. A complete but concise template is available from The Alberta Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic. Similar templates and tips are available from Diabetes Canada in their “Kids with diabetes in your care” resource, and JDRF in their “School Advisory Toolkit for Families”. (For the latter two, see Resources for School and Diabetes to obtain your copy.) All three have roughly the same content and format – you can choose whichever one fits for you.
If you prefer, you can construct your own document using as a guide any of the above fill-in-the-blank forms, or the Sample Care Plan document provided by WaltzingTheDragon.ca.
Some schools or school boards may have their own care plan format that they prefer to use. In that case, the information you provide will still be critical for the school to construct their care plan for your child.
Finally, remember that a Care Plan is a living document. It should be updated whenever there are changes to contact information, your child’s health or her medical needs. Be sure to review it with school staff before each new school year, to make sure the contents are still applicable.
The above information was reviewed for content accuracy by clinical staff of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic.
This material has been developed from sources that we believe are accurate, however, as the field of medicine (in particular as it applies to diabetes) is rapidly evolving, the information should not be relied upon, as it is designed for informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please consult your doctor or appropriate health care professional.
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