The Positive Impact Of Person-Centered Care

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This essay will discuss the positive impact that person-centred care can have on staff and residents in long-term care settings, using the example of Seven Oaks care home. Firstly this essay will define the key terms of person-centred care and define the meaning of long-term care settings. It will then look at examples of the positive impact of person-centred care for both residents and staff in the example of Seven Oaks dementia care unit and the case study of Rita Wallace, which demonstrates the individuality of person-centred care.
Person-centred care is about focusing on the needs of the person as a whole and not the service, it means treating people with dignity, respect, compassion, and care is personalised these are the four main principles to person-centred care. Tom Kitwood (1997) cited in (The Open University, 2017) supports the approach of seeing and treating people as individuals, he calls this ‘person-centred care’. This approach looks at the physical, social and psychological needs of the individual. Person-centred care encourages people to have more involvement in making decisions about their care so they get the support and service they need. There are three main types of long-term care settings such as residential care homes which offer different degrees of personal care, Nursing homes offer care which requires the skills of qualified nursing staff and long-stay hospitals which offer a more specialised medical care. (The Open University, 2017).

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