5.2b Explain why the changing needs of an individual must be reflected in their care and/or support plan

When providing care that is person-centred, it is important to account for the changing needs of the individual. Depending on a number of factors, the individual’s needs, likes, dislikes and preferences may change over time. As such, any care or support plans you make should be reviewed and updated constantly to account for this.

You should also hold review sessions with the individual where you look at what is working, what isn’t working and what might need to change. For example, if an individual is unable to eat certain foods due to medication, their diet should change, but still reflect the things they would like to eat.

By properly updating care plans with the changing needs of an individual, you are ensuring that the information is always up to date for other workers who may not be as familiar with the individual and their needs. You should make sure that you understand how care plans are used in the workplace by asking your manager for copies of different care plans and asking them to explain how they should be used. If you ever feel like an individual’s care plan needs to be changed, talk to the manager or the person responsible for this in your workplace.

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