Show MoreThe Importance of Using an Individualised Person Centred Approach to Nursing Care with and for Older People
This essay explores the idea of Person Centred Care and the significance it has in caring for an older patient. Issues related to patients incapable of taking part in their care will also be discussed. Each and every patient should be treated holistically and individually to their own personal needs as part of any nursing care plan. This essay will show this is especially evident in the person centred approach to caring for the older patient.
What is person centred care? Originally developed by Dr. Carl Rogers in the 1960s as an approach to psychotherapy, person centred care is an approach to nursing care which involves the…show more content…
This causes a lot of strain on family members hence the importance of educating them on what to expect and where to get help for this mental illness. (The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, 2010)
Holistic Care Holistic care is another approach to nursing care which is incorporated with the person centred approach. The idea of treating a patient ‘holistically’ is to treat not only the problem presented at diagnoses but to treat the body and its needs as a whole. This is especially necessary when caring for the older patient as illness may present itself differently in the person as a result of ageing, as previously discussed. For example; an elderly patient admitted to hospital with a broken leg will have their vitals monitored and as a result may uncover an underlying heart complaint. The nurse’s role in caring for a patient holistically is to deliver care accurately, safely and effectively in accordance with the nursing care plan. The nurse also needs to promote safety, security and optimal health and must maintain a safe and secure environment. Providing for the comfort needs of the patient is another part of the nurses role. (An Bord Altranais, 2010)
Making every effort to assist the patient to follow instructions will benefit them greatly. Something as simple as writing instructions down on paper for them will make the whole process easier. Any healthcare ‘jargon’ and abbreviations must be avoided to