what does it mean to be person centered?
person centred planning
In developing a person’s support plan, COR utilizes a variety of person centred thinking tools and approaches to deepen our understanding of what is important to someone, versus what is important for them. Individuals at COR enjoy helping define their own goals with their circle of friends, a group which may include the person’s family members, neighbors, caregivers, teachers, friends and individuals in the COR community.
Individual goals are simple ones – the plan reflects what the person wants, but also what he/she needs in order to feel safe, loved, loving and engaged. It is a journey with many simple milestones. The achievement of goals or outcomes depends on several factors: the persons’ inner strength to withstand or surmount the traumas and tragedies of their life histories, the ability to reach out to others, and an abiding sense of hope.
Planning change is not only about the person’s change, but the caregiver’s own change as well. In fact, this change must precede any other. The planning process requires total acceptance of each person. It has nothing to do with behavioral change; rather, it is revealing hopes and desires that spring from an evolving sense of feeling safe and loved.