Five benefits of taking a person-centred approach to care

A person-centred approach to care ensures that all individual needs are always considered

It’s tailored care that puts an individual and their personal needs at the heart of the healthcare model.

At Oakland Care, our experienced caregivers deliver the highest quality person-centred care. We’re passionate about considering every emotional, mental and physical need. And where possible, we involve our care recipients in decisions made about their care.

So, what are the benefits of this approach to care?

A person-centred approach focuses on the most intricate of individual needs

Acknowledging individual needs is essential to understanding a person’s mental health and emotions, such as feelings of safety, comfort, and happiness. Furthermore, the care environment can have an overarching effect on health, too.

 

Carer offering person-centred care, offering physical support to elderly lady.

 

Take the time to learn your loved one’s responses and behaviours. You’ll soon get to grips with providing individualised care that’s best suited to them. For a happy lifestyle, people need good doses of fresh air, social interaction and a healthy diet. It’s a good idea to think about how you can fit these into your loved one’s health programme.

Takes a mind, body & soul approach

A holistic approach to care perceives the mind, body and soul as interconnected entities. In doing so, the caregiver will give equal attention to their loved one’s emotional, mental and physical needs.

You can take a ‘mind, body and soul’ approach by allowing your loved one to have a voice. In practice, you’ll involve them in decisions related to their life and health. You should also continue to show them respect and dignity – no matter the state of their health.

 

Young caregiver serving a cup of tea to a happy, older man in a retirement home

A person-centred approach boosts the relationship between caregiver & care receiver

A person-centred approach to care helps to improve the relationship between you and your loved one. Catering to their individual needs and showing respect encourages positive responses and interaction. Ultimately, this creates a deeper emotional bond.

When caring for your loved one, try and give them choices and options where you can. This way, they’ll keep a sense of autonomy – something that many older people value.

Burnout can cause feelings of demotivation and exhaustion. Taking time out for self-care helps to strengthen your relationship with your loved one.

Encourages feelings of independence and dignity

No-one wishes to feel imprisoned within their own body – particularly those who are mentally or physically restricted. It can be all-too-common a feeling, though, for those who’re less able – and it’s by no means any more acceptable.

You can give a sense of independence and control back to your loved one by offering person-centred care. Wherever you can, encourage your loved one to venture outdoors. Additionally, you can try involving them in a new hobby – such as knitting or gentle yoga. Be sure to relay the benefits of engaging in such practices, but make sure to respect their response.

 

Elderly lady taking up a knitting hobby.

A person-centred approach improves the quality of care

By offering a person-centred approach, you’ll be improving the quality of the care you provide. At Oakland Care, we always make sure to cater to the most intricate of individual needs. All the while, we pay equal attention to physical, mental and spiritual health.

We always strive to provide the most personalised, tailored care to our residents, whilst taking into account their personal needs and requirements. All residents, whether using our residential or respite care services, are treated with respect and dignity.

 

Carer providing person-centred care, talking to and listening to elderly lady.

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