Person-Centered Thinking

(A Lifestyle Beyond the Plan)

  • Help folks live the lives they want.
  • Support folks to be valued members of the community.
  • Address health and safety in the context of how a person wants to live.
  • Utilize all available resources to accomplish these goals.
The purpose of a person centered plan:
  • Develops a picture of a desired future.
  • Outlines the steps needed to move in that direction.
  • Mobilizes and recruits relationships that help people become part of their community.
A plan provides a single place to record:
  • What is important for the person.
  • What others need to know and/or do to help a person get what is important to and for them.
  • What needs to change and what need to stay the same.
  • The balance between a person’s wishes and any health and safety concerns these wishes may present.
  • Who will do what by when.
Plans are living documents:
  • Person and those closest to them take the lead in developing the plan.
  • Plans reflect opportunities and resources present.
  • Review meetings happen regularly to reflect, problem solve and get stuff done.
  • Plans reflect current reality; they change as lives change (it’s ok to write on them, take notes, make changes, etc.)
  • A plan doesn’t count if no one reads it.
  • Person-centered thinking is a lifestyle not merely a one day planning exercise.
  • Talking about change without trying to make it happen is disrespectful.
  • Implementing change may start off slowly then pick-up steam; be realistic about time tables.