IMPLEMENT PERSON CENTRED APPROACHES IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
Understand person centred approaches for care and support
1. Define person centred values
Person-centred care is a philosophy of providing care that is centred around the person, and not just their health needs. We are all individual, no two people are the same hence it is not appropriate to say that because two people have dementia – that they both have the same care and support needs. The values which one person feels are important in their life may not be so to another. To provide the best support to a person, their values must be taken into account and by doing so you will be empowering that person, increase their self determination and improve their independence. A person’s values will include their individuality, rights, choices, privacy, independence, dignity and respect.
2. Explain why it is important to work in a way that embeds person centre values
The care you carry out on a day to day basis should always be centred around the person you are caring for. You are not there just to meet their physical needs but to maintain their sense of being a person and their identity. This involves you establishing a supportive relationship with the person, involving respect and trust. You should be listening to the service user, despite any difficulties, understand their emotional needs and preferences and learn about their history. By doing this you help maintain the service users identity, independence and self esteem
3. Explain why risk taking can be part of a person centred approach
Risk is part of everyday life and is part of almost everything we do. Risk should not exclude a person from participating. The ability to recognise, assess and manage risks is essential to a persons physical safety. It is the duty of a care provider to support the independence of the service user and manage any associated risks. Once the service user has made a choice a risk...