As a support worker, it is imperative that we look at all aspects of health and social care with a holistic approach when planning and provision is concerned. Holistic means looking at a situation as a whole and not just part of it.
We need to establish that we look at how all aspects of a PWS life will affect their care needs and it is important that we as support workers look beyond what is visible to them when we meet them for the first time.
When I first met our PWS, he was lying on his beanbag laughing and smiling at me, but I had to look at the key principles and the person centred planning surrounding his day-to-day support and needs.
Looking at xx at the person at the centre is the first priority. We then looked at his family and friends and how he has no known family, so therefore we needed to look at the people involved in his life such as his social worker, advocate, deputy etc. As xx comes under the mental capacity act, these key people act as decision makers with his best interests as their priority.
Person centred planning also reflects his capabilities and what is important to and important for today and in the future. It specifies the support required and how they as individuals can make a valued contribution within their community.
It is vital that the PWS knows and understands what is going on around them and they are fully in control with what they are feeling. For xx it is difficult due to his limited capacity.
Agencies such as xx have well-organized systems in place. Form filling, meetings and fighting through bureaucracy are other issues encountered within an organization. As an employee of xx, this is a regular part of my working life and are of no threat to me personally, but situations can arise where individuals are not familiar with how such an organization works and may not be able to challenge when situations arise.
Because of xx mental capacity, his person budget is decided for him and all daily living costs such as rent, utilities are all taken into consideration and a weekly allowance is set for him. xx cashes his own cheque with support once a week and his local bank. With the aid of person centred planning, xx service fits around his needs.
There are guidelines to take into consideration with each stage of the process:
* The PWS should be made clear where possible with their involvement of thinking and planning their service provision. SU is given choices by use of photo communication as a way of decision-making. * The PWS should be included at every stage of the process by use of their own way of communication. In SU’s case, we use photographs and objects. * Use of additional sources of information such as newspapers and the Internet. The PWS must be involved wherever possible and make it clear to them where possible that they understand what they are agreeing to, or in xx case a best interest meeting may be the chosen method to protect him. * A range of options must be available. xx cannot be ‘overloaded’ with options. Two choices are advisable at any one time. * Support the PWS and ensure that family, friends, support workers have the opportunity to feed back their views with any assessments made. Team meetings and person we support meetings with xx involved are a positive method to discuss any potential assessments.
An extremely effective way of identifying individuals needs and choices can be recorded in a full person centred plan. A one-page profile is a positive starting point as it can create a snap shot of ones life. It should include their own strengths and skills, what is important to and for and the support they need to make their choices.
Identifying their strengths and skills is a positive start to developing a person centred plan and their attributes and all information gathered from the one...