Reflection

reflection.jpg Now that we know what being person-centered means and the importance of getting to know the person’s life history, take a minute a jot down some of the things that you have learned in this unit.

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20 thoughts on “Reflection

  1. Knowing a persons life history, where they come from, what they did in their life up until the point they are in your care, what their likes and dislikes are and what’s important to them can help you provide care tailored to their specific needs. In addition, allowing them to be involved in their care and as independent as they possibly can be is very important. This will allow them to feel like a valued member of society.

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  2. Some of the things I learned in this unit is to be Person Centred means getting to know the person and seeing them as the person, not the disease. Getting the chance to know the person means that the care will be given by their choice and their preference as a person. I also learned to adapt and work with what they are capable doing rather than challenging them to work beyond of their abilities. This creates a better working environment not only for the Health Care professional but for the person because they feel a sense of security and love.

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  3. Some of the things that I have learnt in this unit are that you are taking care of an individual, not a disease. It is important that the resident still has their preferences which are important for us to respect. Always put yourself in their shoes.

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  4. Focus on the person rather than the disease they live with. Work within a persons capabilities. Knowing a residents history/life story helps to understand someone if they cannot express things in words.

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  5. The getting to know me document was a very useful way to reflect on my own wants and needs in life, and made my think about all the things that are dear to my heart, that I would want the people caring for me to know. Seeing past illness and disability to the the person, and learning their story to understand why they are who they are.

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  6. Being someone who practices Person Cantered care means that you are aware of the needs of other people not just medically, but also mentally, emotionally, and socially. Being diagnosed with a disease does not mean you become the disease. A person who is living with dementia or any other disorder should still be treated with respect and dignity. It should always be what’s best for the person and not what is easier for those in charge of their care. Despite someone suffering from dementia they still have the right to live their life at risk, where they feel that they still have some capability of independence and control over their life.

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  7. Taking the time to think about what I would want and what are the things people need to know about me if I were living with dementia taught me about PCP. Seeing the person and not the disease is so incredibly important. Focusing on the capabilities, likes, dislikes, and history of the person will help to provide a better quality of care for a better quality of life.

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  8. A big take away here is how important it is to listen when a person tells you their life story. I realized how important it is to pay attention and listen for the small details. These are where we can often find the meat and potatoes of who someone really is.

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  9. In this unit, i learnt that we are taking care off the person and not focusing on the disease they are living with, That disease does NOT define who they are as a person, Our job is to give them the best quality of life that is able to be achieved. Making sure they get a say in the way their care plan is set out and giving independence. Allowing the resident live at risk

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  10. What I have taken away from this unit is just how important it is for you to know about the person. There are little things i realized how particular i was about and could only imagine how i would feel if those things were done incorrectly and no one cared. So i have learned how incredibly important a persons opinions are.

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  11. What I learned in this unit :

    The importance of getting to know the people we are caring for. A disease does not define a person. Its quite interesting and joyful seeing how people prefer different things and whatever it may come down to , we have to respect and do all it takes to fulfill that need. Thats why we are there. Its a big part of care. Focusing on the emotional and social aspect of people is a really positive thing . The “getting to know me “document really opened my eyes because I realized how significant those simple things are in my daily life.

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  12. Everyone is dynamic and unique; this is what makes them who they are. Beside this is an individual’s memories, these are precious as well. Mixing these two things creates a human being. When one does not validate these things a person loses their dignity and self. Realizing someone is a PERSON and not a disease is the first step in removing the stigma of dementia.

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  13. Being person centered and knowing someones life story is incredibly important as it helps us look at them as more then just a task. It helps us create a connection with them and get to know them better and be able to adapt our care to meet their needs better.

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  14. It is important to get to know a person – what their likes and dislikes are, their religious beliefs, who they love, what they love, what makes them happy, etc – to be able to give them the best care you can. It is important to look past the disease and see that person as a whole person, and to let them make decisions and be active in their own life. They are not the ones that need to learn how to adapt, we are.

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  15. I learned that care for people living with Dementia can and should be tailored. Too often in the medical field, a “cure all” or blanket approach is taken. As a fully functioning adult I don’t often experience this except for when it comes to reproductive health and I hadn’t considered that it should be addressed among other groups of afflicted people.

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