The Importance of Person-Centred Care

In the realm of aged care, one size does not fit all. Every individual has unique needs, preferences, and life experiences that should be respected and cherished. This is where person-centred care comes into play, an approach that puts the resident at the heart of their own care.

Person-centred care is a holistic approach that focuses on the individual’s needs, rather than just their medical conditions. It involves tailoring care plans to each resident’s preferences, promoting their independence, and ensuring they are active participants in decisions about their own care.

Key Principles of Person-Centred Care include:

  • Respect and Dignity – Treating every resident with respect and recognising their inherent dignity is fundamental. This means listening to their wishes, valuing their opinions, and acknowledging their life stories.
  • Individualised Care Plans – Each resident has a personalised care plan that reflects their unique needs and preferences. This includes everything from dietary preferences to daily routines and social activities.
  • Empowerment – Residents are empowered to make choices about their own care. This could involve deciding what to wear, what activities to participate in, or how to spend their day.
  • Family and Community Involvement – Family members and the wider community play a crucial role in the wellbeing of our residents. Encouraging their involvement helps maintain a sense of connection and support.

How We Implement Person-Centred Care at Leigh Place

At Leigh Place, person-centred care is at the core of our philosophy. Here’s how we bring this approach to life:

  • Comprehensive Assessments – Upon joining our community, each resident undergoes a thorough assessment to understand their preferences, health needs, and personal history. This forms the foundation of their individualised care plan.
  • Regular Reviews – Care plans are not static. We regularly review and update them in consultation with residents and their families to ensure they remain relevant and effective.
  • Inclusive Environment –  We foster an inclusive environment where residents are encouraged to express their opinions and participate in decision-making processes.
  • Engaging Activities – Our activity programs are designed to cater to a wide range of interests and abilities, ensuring that every resident can engage in meaningful and enjoyable activities.

Person-centred care transforms the aged care experience, making it more personalised, respectful, and fulfilling. At Leigh Place, we are proud to embrace this approach, ensuring that our residents feel valued, heard, and empowered every day. By focusing on their individual needs and preferences, we strive to create a nurturing and supportive environment where our residents can thrive.