Principle 1

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Principle 1 – “Care and support is planned and delivered in a person-centred way, with the person’s priorities, including spiritual, emotional and cultural needs, guiding all decisions and actions.” This principle ensures that the practice of carers is based upon a person-centred social model of health and disability, and is informed by the principles of respect, dignity, choice, and independence. Working in a person-centred way ensures that both the patient’s needs and desires are catered for, and makes sure both their and their family’s experience is as good as it can be. As carers, you must be aware that different people have different cultural and spiritual desires, all of which must be adhered to by everyone caring for that person. It is important that you find out if anyone you are caring for has any specific requests about their care, and that you carry these out.