Part 1 – 1 The meaning of ‘centrality’.
The definition of centrality is ‘the quality of being in or near the centre or the middle’. This means looking at the person as an individual with strengths, preferences and aspirations and putting them at the centre of the process of identifying their needs and making choices about how and when they are supported to live their lives.
Part 1 – 2 The importance of recognising the centrality of an individual
The importance of recognising the centrality of the individual is key to helping boost the person´s confidence and self-esteem. Rather than just recognising the disability, centrality is about considering the individual as a whole; focusing on all aspects of the individual including their past, present and future aspirations, their capabilities and strengths and working in partnership with the individual to promote their values and support them to make informed choices.
Part 1 – 3 Person-centred care
Person centred care aims to promote the independence and autonomy of an individual rather than focussing on their disability. Instead of treating the person as a collection of symptoms and behaviours to be controlled, person centred care means considering the whole person, taking into account each individual’s unique qualities, abilities, interests, preferences and needs. Person centred care also means treating individuals with dignity both respecting and promoting choice and independence at all times.
Part 1 – 4 The importance of person-centred care
The level or type of care a person requires varies from person-to-person. Therefore, assessments and care planning is to be done with a person-centred approach.
Ensuring individuals are treated with a holistic and person centred approach will promote an individual’s feeling of individuality and self-esteem and enable them to have control over their life.
Having a disability should not determine whether or not an individual’s aspirations can be met. Choices...