Shared Decision Making is for YOU, the Veteran, your caregiver or other family member, your VA providers and social worker – so you can work TOGETHER to make decisions about the long term services and supports you need and prefer.
Long term care – also known as long term services and supports – includes a wide range of services. These can be used one at a time or more than one service can be used at once.
Remember, the goal is to get services and supports that best meet your long term care needs while keeping you as independent as possible.
Shared Decision Making works best for decisions about preference sensitive choices - meaning choices where the patient's values and opinions strongly affect the decision that is made. Decisions about long term services and supports are very preference sensitive!
When Shared Decision Making is applied to choices about Long Term Services and Supports, it is a process that involves the:
Remember that your social worker, care manager or discharge planner is there to talk with you about your long term care plans or decisions, and to ensure you know about the long term services and supports in your area.
Keep in mind that the choices you make today are not final. Your choices may change as other factors in your life change such as your health status or your caregiver's situation.
Complete this Shared Decision Making Worksheet to help you think about long term care services and settings that best meet your needs and preferences.
Use what you learn to:
Complete this Self-Assessment Worksheet to assess your caregiver role and responsibilities and to evaluate your stress.
Use what you learn from the Worksheet to:
Shared Decision Making has many benefits including:
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Last updated July 30, 2014