Person Centered Care

Promoting Independence in Community based Social Care Sectors.

Life is full of risk. Living life is taking a risk and we do not stop living for the fear of taking risks.

Working as a support worker with people with learning disability, I have learnt various methods of communicating and I understand others without necessarily communicating verbally. At my work place, I support both men and women between twenty years old to sixty five years old. Although the gap between the ages, I am still able to relate to every individual as an individual and not as a group; therefore, promoting individualism and person centred care. [1]

Furthermore, we must consider how positive the support we hope to give to the people we support could help their current situation. Having mentioned this, I would introduce a scenario that happened at work.

A young autistic adult whom I support had suddenly developed a habit of sneaking out of the house, and going to the shops and back. Sometimes, he would return with packets of chocolates and sweets. There was concern on the habit and the stealing from shops, although the manager would pay for those chocolate later. However, there was more concern towards him getting loss and or being exposed to danger. These are perfectly understandable, but as the key worker, I had noticed recent eagerness towards his want for more responsibilities and following instructions. He also showed more concerned about the decisions that relate to his daily activities. He would choose where to be taken to and explain why he would like to go there.

[1] Personalisation through Person Centred Planning: (accessed 13.4.2013)