A person centred approach keeps the person with a disability at the centre of decision making.
Just as the phrase “person centred” suggests, a Person Centred Approach is about ensuring someone with a disability is at the centre of decisions which relate to their life.
A person centred process involves listening, thinking together, coaching, sharing ideas, and seeking feedback. This process is ongoing to make sure each person is supported towards their personal goals, even as they evolve and change.
The ultimate aim is to understand what each individual person wants and needs to live their own, personally defined, good life.
It is most successful when friends and family can support the process, and help identify and develop the person’s strengths.
We make sure we have a person centred approach across all our services at House with No Steps – our customers, their families, and carers choose when and how they receive support, and by whom it’s provided.
When we are working with someone, we make sure we keep their strengths and interests, their communication preference, and who people they would like to involve, top of mind.
Person Centred Active Support is a way of providing someone with a disability just the right amount of assistance, to make sure they can successfully take part in meaningful activities and social relationships. It’s about providing just the right amount of support. Not too much and not too little.
Active Support empowers people with a disability to do things for themselves when possible, rather than a staff member doing it on their behalf.
Support Staff also make sure they customise their supports for each individual based on their needs. For example, if someone does not need support with feeding, following Active Support, Support Staff would empower the person with a disability to do this for themselves.
It’s about people with a disability controlling their lives, making choices, and taking part.
Heather used to be a very shy and quiet young lady, but through Active support she is developing the confidence to do things for herself and make her own choices.