A simple concept? A person-centred approach is about trying to understand and support each other to fulfill our potential as unique individuals. It is about acknowledging that much is the same in others that is in you. Like having dreams, goals, preferences, passions, opinions, skills, strengths and abilities, weaknesses, vulnerabilities, fears, frustrations, anger and sadness.
We are all full of feelings, experiences and memories that are unique to each of us. We all have our life journey that encompasses all of our uniqueness and experiences and forms who we are as a person. A person-centred approach is about considering what is in a person’s ‘life journey suitcase’, what is in their hearts and how that makes them who they are. One should also consider the influences their responses to their environment and immediate community has. A person-centred approach is as much about us as it is about those we are in relationship with work and support wise. It is an approach that is about considering the whole of a person when interacting with them and at the same time considering the whole of ourselves.
The point that a person has dementia is only one aspect to consider of the wholeness of who they are. It does not define or negate the rest of who they are. It is just one part of a much bigger, fuller and more complex person. Understanding this is the first step on the pathway of a person-centred approach.
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