Person Centred Active Support (PCAS)

Person Centred Active Support (PCAS) is an approach that enables people with a disability to engage in everyday activities of their choice, with the amount of support they need.

Research shows PCAS improves the quality of life of people with disability, allowing the person to self-direct their life, build and maintain independence, engage in meaningful relationships and become valued and contributing members of the community.  

The PCAS approach gives staff the tools to create real connection with people and allows for true opportunity and choice, increasing work satisfaction for service staff.

Person Centred Active Support (PCAS) or Active Support (AS) is an evidence-based approach that enables and empowers people with disabilities to participate in all aspects of life. The Active Support approach encourages supporters and workers to customise the support to the individual to ensure they are meeting their needs.

The PCAS approach uses four basic principles:

  • Every moment has potential — every task, activity or interaction includes opportunities for people to be involved and engaged
  • Breaking tasks down into achievable steps – setting a person up for success in smaller goals lead to big outcomes.
  • Graded & Faded support to ensure maintenance and growth in skills and independence, giving just the right amount and type of support enables a person to achieve in a task or social interaction
  • Maximising opportunity, choice and control — the more choice a person has, the more control they have over their life.

At OC Connections we have found that Person Centred Active Support is a rewarding way of working - both for the people we support and our team of staff. Person Centred Active Support is a culture of working that all OC Connections staff, from the CEO to support staff and volunteers apply at all times, with all people.

These short videos produced by the NSW Government’s Family & Community Services show how disability service staff can expand someone’s world by using an Active Support Approach.

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