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Within St. Marys I follow a Statement of Aims and objectives (our mission statement) which empathises the importance of providing care which is person centred and outcome based. For example, one aim is:
“to ensure that the care service is delivered flexibly, attentively and in a non-discriminatory fashion while respecting each resident’s right to impendence, privacy, dignity, fulfilment and the rights to make informed choices and to take risks”.
Through working towards outcomes continually we are ensuring that our practice is led by service users, promoting and respecting their rights in a flexible approach which is non-discriminatory, reflective of our mission statement.
Our statement of values (philosophy of care) outlines that “carers will strive to preserve and maintain the dignity, individuality and privacy of all residents within a warm and caring atmosphere, and in so doing will be sensitive to the residents ever-changing needs. Such needs may be medical/therapeutic (for physical or mental welfare), cultural, psychological, spiritual, emotional and social, and residents are encouraged to participate in the development of their individualised Care Plans in which the involvement of family and friends may be appropriate and is greatly valued.”
Therefore, when providing care for individuals we follow the detailed care plan outlining their preferences and requests. The care plan is fully reviewed 6 monthly but reviewed every month to add small changes such as if an individual would like to have their hair cut weekly rather than fortnightly etc. As a manager it is my responsibility to oversee the reviews to ensure that the care plans are truly reflecting an individual’s care needs, and to ensure that they are involved in the creation and review process of their specific care plan.

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