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Introducing relational care
Introducing relational care

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2 The practice of relational care

Three sketches side by side: 1. Three people quilting, 2. People chatting in the garden, 3. Someone leaving a room saying ‘Bye’.

The concept of relational care is oriented towards the wellbeing of all people involved in care interactions/encounters, for instance, residents, relatives and staff, thereby, emphasising mutuality and reciprocity.

How then can mutual and reciprocal relationships be encouraged, nurtured, and sustained in practice, and in ways that are realistic and attentive to the wellbeing of all concerned? In this section you will examine this further. You will reflect on the different kinds of relationships that are fundamental to the practice of relational care. In addition, using a case study, you will explore the key components of relational care and how it can be put into practice.