Adapt actions and approaches in response to an individual’s changing needs or preferences

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care
Unit name: Implement person-centred approaches in care settings
Learning outcome: 2. Be able to work in a person-centred way
Assessment criteria: 2.3 Adapt actions and approaches in response to an individual’s changing needs or preferences

It is important to be aware that an individual’s needs and preferences will change over time, so you will need to adapt the care that you provide (and the individual’s care plan) in line with these changes.

For example, a young adult with a learning disability may not have learned many daily living skills when they first move to an independent living environment but over time you will empower them to become more independent. As their independence grows, this must be reflected in their care plan so that they are able to become more autonomous.

Another example is an elderly individual with dementia. Because dementia often leads to a deterioration of cognition, they may require additional support as time goes on. It is important to still ensure that the individual is as independent as possible, whilst putting in safeguards against additional risk.