Person Centred Approaches

Understand Person-Centred approaches in Adult Social Care Settings

1. Understand person-centred approaches for care and support

1.1 Define person-centred values

Person-centred values are something we develop through our childhood experiences and the people around us (e.g. family, friendships, relationships, the local community, national figures and the media.) This affects the choices and decisions we make in later life and becomes part of our identity.

When promoting person-centred values it is important to remember that you are supporting an individual and not controlling them. Choices and decisions should be made by that individual and not people caring for them. These principle’s should be promoted in your daily work as person centred values are what makes you into the individual you are.

When you wake up in the morning you make choices like what clothes you want to wear, weather you want a shower or a bath or even what you would like to have for your breakfast. What you as a care giver may choose may be different to what a service user would choose. You should only support them to make these decisions and not make them yourself. For example if the individual has difficulty communicating you could show them pictures of a shower and a bath and they could point to which one they would prefer. Or you could get the individual to participate in making an eating plan for the week with all the foods that they like. It’s important to remember that each individual has different cultures and up bringing’s that affect what they choose to eat or what religion they follow. They should have the right to continue practicing the same lifestyle in a care setting.

1.2 Explain why it is important to work in a way that embeds person-centred values

It is important to promote these values in your job daily to make the individuals you are caring for feel more comfortable in their own homes and to maximise their quality of life. Something as simple as not...