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Person-centred care & You

The thing we all have in common is the desire to be valued and appreciated. That doesn’t change as we grow older.

Sadly though as we start to need more support from our family and friends, our independence and freedom of choice is sometimes at risk of being diminished or in the worst case, ignored completely. In this post we spoke to Sr Sara Mills – a long-time champion for Person-Centered Care for the Elderly – about what it is and why it matters.

What is Person-Centered Care?

Person-Centered Care is care that is shaped and directed by the rights, preferences and personal choices of the individual. For carers it means a holistic approach which upholds the client's dignity and independence.

What is the opposite of Person-Centered Care?

The opposite of Person-Centered Care is a rigid, institutional-style treatment regime which pays little heed to the client's personal needs or choices.

What are some of the reasons we’ve removed independence and individuality from Elder care in the past?

Previously it was accepted that a set framework of care actions was appropriate and sufficient. This has been reinforced by inflexible nursing education models which have been entrenched for generations and are based on the medical model which focuses on illness rather than wellness.  

How do carers in traditional care settings differ from Person-Centered Care?

Carers in traditional care settings have simply not been given the opportunity to see the client as a multi-faceted individual with differing needs and beliefs. Person-Centered Care carers approach each client holistically, placing due importance on their rights and choices.

What are some of the questions you should ask when weighing up living and care options for a loved one to make sure their personhood is upheld and respected?
  • Will my loved one have choices even in the basic activities of the day, like bathing or showering?

  • Can they decide for themselves what time to have meals and what they want to eat?

  • What opportunities are there for personal growth and stimulation?

  • How do I know that my loved one will be treated with respect and dignity?

Thanks to the ongoing work by Person-Centered Care advocates, the philosophy is slowly becoming a reality in Elder care. The CareCompany considers this approach as the norm and works closely with carers and clients to keep the wellbeing of each and every Elder under our care at the heart of what we do.

For more information about Person-Centered Care or to experience the difference that our care makes, contact us now.


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