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 ⇒ Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care ⇒ Level 3 Diploma Optional Units ⇒ Unit 319 Understand person-centred thinking and planning ⇒ 5.5 Use person-centred thinking to enable individuals to choose those who support them

5.5 Use person-centred thinking to enable individuals to choose those who support them

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care Optional Units
Unit: Unit 319 Understand person-centred thinking and planning
Learning outcome: 5 Be able to implement person-centred thinking, planning and reviews
Assessment criteria: 5.5 Use person-centred thinking to enable individuals to choose those who support them

  • One-to-One Meetings:
    • Arrange one-to-one meetings with the individual to discuss their support needs and preferences.
    • Use active listening to understand the individual’s preferences regarding who supports them.
  • Identifying Preferences:
    • Ask the individual who they feel comfortable with and who they trust to support them.
    • Explore factors such as personality, communication style, and shared interests that may influence their choice.
  • Exploring Options:
    • Provide information about the various support options available, including family members, friends, support workers, or professionals.
    • Discuss the pros and cons of each option, allowing the individual to make an informed choice.
  • Trial Periods:
    • Offer trial periods with potential support providers to allow the individual to assess compatibility and suitability.
    • Encourage open communication during the trial period to address any concerns or preferences that arise.
  • Respecting Choices:
    • Respect the individual’s choices, even if they differ from what others may recommend or prefer.
    • Ensure that the individual feels empowered to make decisions about who supports them without pressure or influence from others.
  • Flexibility and Review:
    • Maintain flexibility in the support arrangements, allowing the individual to change or adjust their support providers as needed.
    • Schedule regular reviews to check in with the individual and ensure they are satisfied with their chosen support network.
  • Facilitating Connections:
    • Support the individual in building and maintaining relationships with their chosen support network.
    • Facilitate opportunities for social interaction and meaningful connections between the individual and their chosen supporters.
  • Communication and Boundaries:
    • Establish clear communication channels and boundaries between the individual and their support network.
    • Encourage open dialogue to address any issues or conflicts that may arise in a respectful and constructive manner.
  • Training and Development:
    • Provide training and development opportunities for support providers to enhance their skills and knowledge in supporting the individual effectively.
    • Ensure that support providers understand and respect the individual’s autonomy, preferences, and rights.
  • By employing these person-centred thinking approaches, individuals can actively participate in choosing their support network, leading to relationships that are based on trust, respect, and mutual understanding.

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