How can you deliver person-centred care effectively?
Person-centred care ensures that care recipients are treated with dignity and respect at all times; something we value highly here at Wellbeing Care.
This week, we’re looking at the different ways to deliver person-centred care:
Ways to Deliver Person Centred Care: Listen to the Care Recipient
Listening is a vital tool you can use to ensure that you’re respecting your care recipient and helping them feel validated.
Have conversations with them and ask them how they’re feeling, what they’re looking forward to, what they want - but, most importantly, listen to their answers. Take into account their thoughts and feelings and respect their wishes.
This is important in person-centred care because you can then adjust your care plan for the day accordingly. For example, they may be feeling tired, and so you can rearrange your activities and have a quieter, more restful day.
Ways to Deliver Person-Centred Care: Respect Their Values
Your care recipient may have differing opinions, values, beliefs, culture, religion or preferences to you. This can sometimes lead to feelings of frustration, but it’s important to respect their views and accommodate them wherever possible.
This can help them to feel validated and respected, and able to live their life in the way they would have previously. This doesn’t need to compromise your own views in any way, but it might be worth looking at how you can accommodate both of your values in day-to-day care.
Enable Them to Enjoy Life
Requiring care doesn’t have to stop your care recipient from being able to enjoy life. They can still have a fun and fulfilling social life, where they can interact with others, take part in activities and discover new hobbies and interests.
As a carer delivering person-centred care, you can enable them to achieve this by organising activities, excursions and meetings with other people, such as at memory cafes or day centres.
Actively encouraging your care recipient to get involved and take part in activities can help them to build new and meaningful relationships with others and improve their overall quality of life.
Get to Know Them
Getting to know your care recipient fully can help you to understand who they are as a person and forge a more meaningful relationship with them. It can also help you to plan their care and activities as you’ll have a better understanding of their likes and dislikes.
For example, it can be beneficial to know about their childhood and family, previous jobs, schooling and hobbies. This can help you get to know them better and help to prompt interesting conversations.
Accommodate Their Independence
Your care recipient will likely want to retain as much of their independence as possible, so it can be beneficial to look at how you can accommodate this.
From sourcing equipment to make daily living more comfortable and accessible, to including them in their care plan, it’s important for them to have a say and feel able to do what they can for themselves.
Their family and loved ones may also want to be involved in the planning of their care, and so it’s vital that you take their ideas and opinions into account and try to accommodate them where possible.
At Wellbeing Care, adhering to a person-centred approach is integral within our services. As a result, the care plans we deliver aim to focus not only on medical requirements but also on emotional needs. On a day-to-day basis, this involves actively involving our residents in decisions made about their care as we endeavour to ensure that individual needs and desires are met.
If you’ve found our guide on ways to deliver person-centred care helpful, why not read our previous blog on communication aids for dementia?
Alternatively, please contact a member of our team for more information about our care services.