Person-led care is essential to human rights in social care, argues Scottish Care

The focus of care should change from person-centred to person-led care in the aim of embedding human rights in social care, says Scottish Care in a new paper.

The report, What does a Human Right to Social Care Look Like? explores the issue of human rights in social care.

It concludes that person-centred care gives agency, authority and direction to the professional individual or agent delivering that care and support.

Scottish Care CEO Dr Donald Macaskill argues: “Person-led care gives primary control and agency to the individual person who is being supported. It enhances individual autonomy, fosters participation and roots the reality of choice in the care dynamic.”

The report notes that COVID-19 has necessitated a significant health care response centred around the preservation of life through robust infection prevention and control. He reflects: “One of the challenges in this has been to ensure that the distinctive elements of social care have not been lost amidst this focus. The development of a human rights-based approach to IPC is an urgent task.”

The report examines factors in human rights in social care such as personal choice and participation and independent living & self-directed support, noting that an effective aged care facility or care home should enable independence not foster dependency regardless of the physical or psychological needs of the resident.

Enablers will include finance & resources; technology and data; workforce and regulation and improvement, says Scottish Care.

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