Person centred care
Person-centred care is becoming an increasing driver in health & social care provision. Authorities adopt it because in theory it can “improve outcomes”, to use their terminology. To you or I (the client/patient), it means we are more in control of how our care is delivered: it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to appreciate that feeling of control in itself makes us feel better!
In the UK, 2/3 of healthcare resources are spent supporting people with long term conditions, yet for up to 90% of people with a long term condition, they either care for themselves, or have family support. Research has shown that several factors are the most important for affecting the outcomes of person centred care, including ‘taking a holistic approach to assessing people’s needs and providing care’.