Level 5 Diploma Unit 517

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Unit 517.1 Person centred practice is the process by which the approach of care is purposely designed to assist a service user to help plan their life with support. It is a very important process and is used to enable individuals with learning difficulties and disabilities as a way to increase their independence and self-determination. The term 'person-centred care' does exactly what it says - it essentially places the person at the heart of everything that the care worker and the care setting do. The individual's needs and emotions are the focal point, and any difficulties are resolved in the individual’s best interests. It places the person at the centre of all - thinking, discussions, processes and procedures. The person-centred approach also sees the interactions between the person and different elements within their support systems as being of paramount importance, and therefore places emphasis on supporting the system that supports the person i.e. the family and friends, and other professionals. It discovers and acts on what is important to the person. In dementia care is a key aspect of best practice. It is a way of caring for a person with learning difficulties or disabilities as an individual with unique qualities. It means looking at the world from the person’s point of view ‘seeing the world through their eyes’ as it were and appreciating how they may be feeling. Instead of treating all of our service users with learning difficulties or disabilities the same – it makes the care you give ‘individual’. It encourages the individual to do as much for themselves as possible, it makes the most of the person’s strengths. It highlights the importance of communication, as carer’s we must communicate as much as possible, explaining what we are doing. It encourages us to share our day with the person. Person centred care planning helps the service user with
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