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7.6a Demonstrate that they can support the active participation of individuals in their care

We have already covered a number of ways in which you can support the active participation of individuals in your care. As you may have noticed, many parts of care are connected with each other in a myriad of ways. For example, active participation is closely linked with self-care and vice versa.

This means that you can help support active participation indirectly as well as directly. For example, your actions that value the diversity of an individual could encourage them to participate in an activity as part of active participation. Encouraging an individual to take responsibility for their health and well-being and practice self-care could give them the confidence to take a more active part in certain activities.

Keep in mind that everything you do can affect individuals in all kinds of different ways. Before doing something, you should take a moment to reflect on what the possible consequences of your actions could be. If you’re not careful you could inadvertently affect an individual’s willingness to partake in active participation in a negative way. Take care in what you do, give the individual control over their care and encourage self-care, and you can support the active participation of individuals in your care.