Person Centered Plans
What Is Person Centered Planning?
Person Centered Planning is a means for people with
disabilities to exercise choice and responsibility in the development
and implementation of their care plan. It assists and guides
individuals in defining and pursing desires and choices in having a
meaningful life. Person Centered Planning is designed to find out what
is important to the person and to learn about how the individual views
health, safety, and risk issues in his/her life. Person Centered
Planning is meant to assist individuals and clinical teams in having
real and honest discussions about their desires, needs and supports.
Striking a balance between a happy and safe life is essential.
Services and supports are provided in a way that
maximizes social participation and inclusion in the community, using
necessary specialized services, generic resources, and natural support
networks. The planning process is directed by the individual and
identifies strengths and capacities, desires and support needs. A good
Person Centered Plan generates actions—positive steps that the person
can take toward realizing a better, more complete life. Good plans also
ensure that supports are delivered in a consistent, respectful manner
and offer valuable insight into how to assess the quality of services
Individuals guide their care plans and choose others
to help them. Family members and friends are frequent contributors; the
more traditional, professional service providers are also included.
Plans incorporate varied supports, training, therapy, treatment and
other services as needed to achieve the personal goals set by the
individual. Plans draw upon diverse resources, mixing paid and natural
supports to best meet the goals set.
Overview Of The Person Centered Plan
The Person Centered Plan is a vehicle to help people
reach their potential. The Person Centered Plan is for the individual,
friends, family, professionals, paid staff and any other person with
whom the individual would like to share the plan. The Person Centered
Plan is used by individuals to assist others involved in their life
understand their wants, desires and needs. The plan needs to clearly
express the voice of the person.
- Are “respectful” of the person and those who support the person
- Are easily read, or user friendly
- Are constructed so information is located easily
- Use complete thoughts but not necessarily complete sentences
- Use everyday language
- Have enough detail and/or enough examples that someone newly present in the person’s life can understand what is meant.
The phases of completing the Person Centered Plan are:
- Gathering information/assessment
- Organizing the information for team review/team meeting
- Developing the PCP
- Requesting PCP approval
- Implementing the PCP.
Many clinicians believe that you will have more success at
remaining well if you take responsibility for your own treatment and
help your providers know what works for you. You can assist with your
treatment by saying what is helpful or feels harmful. Person Centered
Planning is a process that will occur annually or anytime you have a
significant change in your life.
In developing your Person Centered Plan, think about:
- What has been happening in your life over the past year?
- What do you want your life to look like?
- Do you want to volunteer or work at a paid job?
- Where do you want to live and with whom?
- What would make where and how you live better?
- What support do you need to maintain the important things in your life?
- What would you change about your life if you could?
- What part of the day do you like best and why?
- Do you have enough money to pay for all the activities you would like to do?
- What kind of person makes the best support person for you?
- How is your health? Do you have concerns about your general health?
The Person Centered Plan is about your life and what you want to achieve for your personal goals.