More residential staff and all of the supervisors have been trained on person-centered planning, thinking and doing in the past year. Planning meetings for individuals during this period have proven to be a positive experience with more involvement, input and direction being provided by individuals and their families.
Some of the people we support have been getting very good at telling the staff what they want to do – and in some cases, how and when! One gentleman’s family wanted to go on a vacation with him, but they didn’t think it could work. At the planning meeting, they discussed a variety of ideas and in the end it was decided that staff would go with them to ensure they had the support they needed.
The individual, his family and staff worked together to make all the plans, ensuring they could meet the family’s wishes and the individual’s support needs. In the end, it was a very positive experience for the gentleman and his family, and resulted in them being able to do something that they had not done for decades. They will have wonderful memories of their time together.