Three Ways to Incorporate Older People's Strengths

Season #1 Episode #10

Julie discusses the often neglected and forgotten topic of older people’s strengths and why we need to incorporate them into Aged Care contexts. We tend to focus on diagnoses and what the restrictions or physical and cognitive limitations a person has. However, it’s important to take a step back and look at the strengths and capabilities of people so that we can help them maintain those skills, and maybe even learn new skills.
Three ways we can work on the strengths of older people and incorporate them into service delivery in meaningful and important ways are by focusing on strengths at admission and during the adjustment phase, by setting and reviewing individualised social goals, and when helping individuals deal with set backs.
If we take the approach of identifying individuals by their values, hopes and aspirations as well as their strengths and competencies, we look at them more holistically.


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