Person-centred plans: empowering or controlling?
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Person-centred plans: empowering or controlling?

Anne-Marie Martin Intellectual disability nurse, Daughters of Charity, Lisnagry, Limerick
Eileen Carey Lecturer, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick

Person-centred planning with people who have learning disabilities raises issues of power and control. Anne-Marie Martin and Eileen Carey describe how a woman with moderate intellectual disability was helped to develop her own person-centred approach to her care

Person-centred planning is not an activity ‘done’ to people with an intellectual disability; rather it is about the person taking the lead with those who are important to them (Duffy and Sanderson 2004). This involves helping people to communicate what is important to them, supporting them to get what they need and ensuring they are in control of their own lives.

Learning Disability Practice. 12, 1, 32-37. doi: 10.7748/ldp2009.

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