The care value base forms an integral part of the delivery of person centred care, and highlights the important features of being recognised as an individual that will be valued and respected within the homes setting. The care value base forms an important part of staff training to ensure that the well-being of individuals residing in the home are paramount in the delivery of care provided, to lead to a fulfilling life. It outlines our role and responsibility to you as a resident, putting you as an individual at the centre of all we do.
The following eleven headings make up the care value base, and are each explored individually to highlight the definition of each one and are embraced within the homes delivery of care. It provides you as a resident with the assurance that your needs will be met on an individual basis, and as you read through the value base it should hopefully allay any fears or concerns you may have.
Our identity is what makes us so individual. What we are and who we are is influenced by our backgrounds. As soon as we are born we have an identity and an individuality of our own, and that will never change. We are all a son or daughter, or even a father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, brother or sister and in addition to that, there are the extended family relatives and friends as well. All these relationships are part of our identities. Everyone has a role to play in life which identifies who they are, maybe in school or the workplace or at home.
These roles make us members of the community in which we live and equally apply to those of us in care. Having an identity and retaining it, is so vitally important to each individual’s self-esteem, and must be recognised and appreciated in a care setting. After all, when a person moves into a care home they are entering another community, and bring with them all their experiences in life good and bad, which contribute to a new beginning in their lives. Moving in to care should not inhibit that persons’ identity, but embrace it.
THE CARE VALUE BASE
Even though residents are living in a care home with other people, they remain individuals with their own likes and dislikes. Staff are responsive to the requirements of individual residents.
Ethnic, cultural, social and religious diversity is recognised as an integral part of home life. Residents feel that their needs are responded to willingly by staff who understand the value of maintaining a sense of continuity, and identity based on past traditions and practices.
For their part, living in a community with others requires that residents recognise and respond to the rhythms and needs of other people. It is helpful for residents to have some knowledge of the life experiences of staff to act as a bridge between them. This emphasises personal connections outside the home, and their relevance to those within.
We encourage those in our care to exercise as much choice and make as many decisions for themselves as possible regarding their lives, thereby contributing to their autonomy and fulfilment in life.
A variety of choices are recorded in care plans, and amended as circumstances change.
Choices could include:
use of own room
where and what to eat
aids to independence
manner of dress
Those in our care expect to enjoy the same standards of privacy we all generally expect to enjoy.
Being alone, free from intrusion or disturbance etc. are basic human rights and need to be reflected in our care practices and attitudes as pivotal to our standards of care.
By nature, being in a place of care provision can make it harder to enjoy privacy than, for example, living in one’s own home. The home will need to stay alert to this and sensitive to its significance.
Confidentiality, trust, gossip all contribute to both the reality and perception of privacy which is another dimension of why the home take such matters so seriously.
Consultations with those in our care by the following professionals, and similar others, will always be strictly in private unless specifically requested otherwise: