What is a person-centred approach?

A person-centred approach to disability care means to focus in on the person and what they can do, not their actual condition or disability.

Disabilities and disability support could be described as a broad spectrum, a person-centred approach acknowledges the individual within that spectrum.

Here at AAYS, we make sure we focus on the level of support our clients need as individuals, not just overall support.

What is an example of a person-centred approach?

The person-centred approach planning involves a couple of basic tools.

One of these is referred to as a One Page Profile which is a questionnaire to help us gain an understanding of what’s important to our clients and their preferences.

As an example, we would ask people their preferred name, the ways in which they would like to communicate with us (i.e. in person, short meetings, location preferences), religious or personal beliefs they would like us to respect, and so on.

These types of questionnaires are further developed to help us formalise a person’s communication and behaviour support plans, with the overarching goal of enabling us to provide the best support possible.

What is active support?

At AAYS, Active Support is encouragement and participation in people’s lives. We believe there is a balance between too much and too little, we refer to this internally as the happy medium.

Active support is not about doing things for people, rather, with them.

What is an example of active support?

In the event we were supporting someone that did not have the capability to cook their own dinner independently and safely, our carers could look at this two ways:

Decide the person does not have the skillset and do the job for them,
or
Ask if the person can contribute by peeling the potatoes and setting the table.

You can see that it is the encouragement factor that enables the person’s choice and control over the situation.

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