Person centred planning is a set of approaches designed to assist someone plan their life with support. It is most often used as a model to enable people with disabilities or otherwise requiring support to increase their personal self determination and improve their own independence. It discovers and acts on what is important to the person.
In dementia care is a key aspect of best practice. It is a way of caring for a person with dementia as an individual with unique qualities. It means looking at the world from the person’s point of view ‘standing in their place’ as it were and appreciating how they may be feeling.
Instead of treating all people with dementia the same – it makes the care you give ‘individual’. It encourages the person to do as much for themselves as possible, it makes the most of the person’s strengths. It highlights the importance of communication, as carer’s we must communicate as well as possible, explaining what we are doing. It encourages us to share our day with the person. Person centred care planning helps the person with dementia to be an individual, to, feel part of a community, carrying on with activities they have enjoyed before.
Person centred planning reminds us to treat the person as we as an individual would like to be treated.
The overall aim of person centred planning is “good planning leading to positives changes in people’s lives and service’s. (Ritchie et al, 2003)
How does legislation / organisational policy effect person centred planning
Legislation/ Policies that effect person centred planning are:
Valuing People: a new strategy for learning disability for 21st century – a government white paper published: 20th March 2001. It is based on 4 key principles:
• Civil Rights
Valuing People takes a life long approach, beginning with an integrated approach to services for disabled children and their families and then