Explain the importance of establishing consent when providing care or support

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A person-centred approach means supporting the rights and dignity of the individuals that you care for and acknowledging and respecting the choices that they make.

Therefore, it is essential that you gain their consent before carrying out an action or activity when providing care or support.

Not only is it respectful and polite but it is also a legal requirement and failure to obtain consent could constitute as abuse.

Obtaining consent also helps build trust between the care-giver and care-receiver, contributes to the individual’s well being and can often make the task easier to accomplish as an individual that has been asked for permission is usually more acceptable to taking part in it.