Person-centred care planning for clients with complex needs
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Person-centred care planning for clients with complex needs

Damian Smith Nursing student (intellectual disability), Faculty of health sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland
Eileen Carey Lecturer in the nursing and midwifery department, Faculty of health sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland

Damian Smith and Eileen Carey present a case study describing a care plan devised specifically for an older man with intellectual and physical disabilities

This case study describes one aspect of successful person-centred planning by intellectual disability nurses for a 68-year-old man who is preoccupied by ritual and repetition, and who receives specialist care for psoriasis. A planned intervention to maintain skin integrity was built into his daily routine, including the application of ointments, gels and compression stockings while staff constantly communicate to him in simple terms about what is happening. Thus he can make sense of and co-operate with a procedure that enhances his quality of life.

Learning Disability Practice. 16, 10, 20-23. doi: 10.7748/ldp2013.12.16.10.20.e1465

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Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 10 April 2013

Accepted: 02 October 2013