Unit name: Implement Person-Centred Approaches in Care Settings
Learning outcome: 1. Understand person-centred approaches for care and support
Assessment criteria: 1.3 Explain why risk-taking can be part of a person-centred approach
Using a person-centred approach ensures that you are working in a safe and effective manner and in line with best practices.
Risk-taking can be part of a person-centred approach because it allows individuals the freedom to make their own choices (even risky ones) and have control over their lives, which can have a positive impact on their overall wellbeing. It also provides opportunities to learn new skills or establish new relationships and individuals will feel valued and respected, which can lead to increased confidence and self-esteem.
We all make choices and take risks as part of everyday life and individuals receiving care should not be denied this freedom. Unless there are mitigating circumstances (for example, an individual lacks the mental capacity to make a particular decision), individuals should always be empowered to make their own choices. This is especially true for individuals that may not have had the opportunity to make their own decisions in the past, such as a young adult with a learning disability that has recently moved into supported living accommodation after living all their life with their family.
To empower individuals to take the risks, a care worker’s role is to ensure that they have the information that they need to make an informed decision. This information can be explained by the care worker themselves (however, care should be taken to ensure that your own beliefs and experiences do not influence the individual’s choice) or professionals with related expertise (for example, a doctor who can explain the pros and cons of a surgical procedure).
Care workers should collaborate with individuals to assess the risks and put measures in place to reduce or eliminate any possible negative impacts.