Practicalities and Possibilities! Person centred thinking and planning with older people

by Helen Sanderson and Associates

The stories shared in this paper show what’s working well and what people are learning about providing truly person centred support that gives older people greater choice and control over any assistance they need. This is crucial as we know that the more people of any age rely on others to do everyday things (to get out and about, to go shopping, get dressed, stay in touch with family and friends etc), the less likely they are to carry on doing the things that are really important to them. It is all too easy for services’ routines and priorities to take over the lives, wishes, hopes and dreams of older people who need support. These nine areas are committed to turning this around so that older people have a life, not a service. Practicalities and Possibilities in the UK!