Adapt approach to an individual's changing needs - Level 3 Diploma in Care

Adapt actions and approaches in response to an individual’s changing needs or preferences

This page is designed to answer the following questions:

Throughout our lives, it is natural for our needs and preferences to change with time.

Our needs and preferences when we were children are not the same as our needs and preferences now. Similarly, we will have different needs and preferences as we approach the end of our lives.

Therefore, it is important to recognise and adapt our actions and approaches in response to the changing needs and preferences of the individuals we support.

This could be providing an increasing amount of support to individuals that have dementia as they deteriorate or less support to younger individuals with learning disabilities as they learn new skills and become more independent. Or perhaps an individual expresses the desire to be able to visit the local shop on their own or requires additional assistance to access to the community due to a deterioration of their eyesight.

To provide a person-centred approach, care plans should be reviewed regularly in collaboration with the care-receiver to ensure that the support that their service provision is in line with their needs and preferences.