305: Understand Person Centred Approaches in Adult Social Care Settings

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1.1 Describe Person centred care Person centred care approach is based on a number of core values and principles which many people see as developing from the values of health and social care practice. These values include: a commitment to promoting human rights, upholding personal dignity, being sensitive to diversity and putting people in control, safeguarding needs and the capacity of individuals, recognising and addressing potential conflict, seeing people as individuals, respecting individuals, promoting choice and self-determination, listening and empowering and working in partnership with people. The values can be described as individuality, choice, privacy, independence, respect, dignity and partnership. All these values relate to individual rights. All people have a basic right to be treated as a unique individual with respect and dignity. 1.2 Explain why person centred values must influence all aspects of social care work Person centred approaches must influence all aspects of health and social care practice. Person centred approaches are important to all aspects of health and social care practice because: * Every service user is a unique individual with differing circumstances and needs. Their needs can only be met by support that focuses on them as a unique individual. * Everyone has a unique history and ‘life story’. This will affect their needs, life choices, and their behaviour and it can only be affective if it takes the unique life history into account. * Person centred care and personalised approaches have very positive outcomes for service users, it has been reported that improvements in general health and well-being. * Working with a person-centred approach means you can adapt your approach when situations and/or needs change. * Everyone wants to have control over their own life and has the right to make choices-

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