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Understanding person-centred care

Posted: March 15th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

You may have heard of the term ‘person-centred care’ before, but what does this commonly used term mean?

Put simply, person-centred care is a philosophy of providing care based on the needs of the individual. If you work within the care sector, you need to understand that no two people are the same and we all have different needs. For example, just because two people are suffering with the same illness (i.e. dementia), it doesn’t mean that they require the same support and care approach.

By learning more about person-centred care, you will understand the importance of regarding people as completely unique individuals and be able to provide them with personally tailored, high quality care.

You can get better acquainted with the concept by completing a person centred care training course, where you will learn about:

• The importance and value of person-centred care
• Holistic care
• How to empower the people under your care
• Confidentiality – its importance and limits
• The benefits of creating ‘life stories’ for patients
• The care worker/client relationship – its importance and limits
• Establishing valid consent and its importance
• Organisational practices and the ways they can infringe people’s individual rights

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