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Promoting the rights and perspectives of individuals can “transform people’s lives”
The importance of person-centred care has been highlighted at the Dementia Australia National Symposium Series 2020.
Presenter, Professor Dawn Brooker who is Director of the Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) at the University of Worcester in the UK, explained the ability for person-centred care to “transform people’s lives”.
Brooker went on to elaborate that person-centred care promotes the rights and perspectives of the individual living with dementia.
“It is an approach to service development and service delivery that sees services provided in a way that is respectful of, and responsive to, the preferences, needs, values and life experience of people living with dementia and those who care for them,” she said.
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We believe a person-centred approach helps us focus on the best interests of a person, to respect their choices, prevent distress and ultimately help improve their quality of life.
Our person centred, human rights focused training helps learners recognise subtle restrictive practices and to communicate in ways that meet needs and reduce distress. It focuses on respectful communication and how to reduce risks for staff and the people they support through safer working practices.