The positive impact of using person-centred principles has been proven in care settings, and we can extrapolate this success to apply it to programs like Artful Moments. Any organization that provides programs and services for people living with dementia is encouraged to adopt person-centered principles as a way of reducing stigma and exclusion. By appreciating and understanding the person, we are able to connect with them rather than their diagnosis.
By placing the participant at the centre of the program – by modifying our program to suit the needs and abilities of each participant individually – we have seen an overall improvement in the experience of each participant, and an increase in their enjoyment and satisfaction with the program. This has been evaluated by measuring the engagement of participants. Using person-centred principles will also encourage each person to participate more, to feel safe and empowered in their own thoughts and actions.
It is important to note, that a person-centred lens is not merely used to design and set-up a program, but rather it informs every interaction from start to finish. Placing the participant at the centre of the program means paying attention to each participant, assessing their engagement, and adapting to changing circumstances on the fly. It is a delicate balancing act between meeting the needs of several different people at once while also maintaining a cohesive presentation. However once mastered, this approach will become the key to success in every program or activity you present.