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Describe how active participation benefits an individual

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Active participation is a person-centred approach that aims to support the rights and independence of individuals by encouraging their participation in activities such as their own care planning and assisting them to live their lives as independently as possible.

It can provide many benefits to individuals receiving care including:

  • Increased independence
  • Higher self-esteem, self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Better overall wellbeing
  • Opens up more opportunities for activities, social contact and relationship-building
  • Increased opportunities for learning and development
  • Better relationships between the individual and their care staff
  • Increased physical activity and general health
  • Decreased likelihood of abuse
  • Decreased vulnerability

Example questions and answers

Explain what is meant by the term “active participation”

Active participation is a way of working that recognises an individual as an active partner in their care and support by acknowledging that they have the right to participate in activities and relationships of everyday life however they wish and as independently as possible. It promotes the rights, independence  and choice of the individual.

Explain how active participation can support all aspects of an individual’s preferences and needs

Active participation can be used to support all aspects of an individual’s preferences and needs because the individual will have a big say in how their care and support is provided. When an individual is encouraged to take an active role in planning their support they are better able to live the life that they choose in the way that they want. This can result in more opportunities to get involved with activities and social interactions which can lead to better health and wellbeing, more self-confidence and more independence.