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writing talent whatsoever. Maybe there are just too many writers. Maybe I'm just too old and it's too late. I am going to keep trying no matterrepparttar lack of income.


An Introduction to Person Centered Planning

Written by Lisa Simmons

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3. Oncerepparttar obvious problems have been resolved,repparttar 125584 support team can move on to explore expandingrepparttar 125585 individual’s quality of life. Isrepparttar 125586 person satisfied with his or her living arrangement (who & where)? Doesrepparttar 125587 person like his or her job? Isrepparttar 125588 person making enough income to supportrepparttar 125589 lifestyle he or she wants? Doesrepparttar 125590 person have hobbies or recreational activities to enjoy during free time? Are there any new skills (leisure or work related) thatrepparttar 125591 person would like to learn? Doesrepparttar 125592 person have satisfying relationships with friends & family? Are there any long term goalsrepparttar 125593 person would like to start working towards? As issues are discovered they will fall into 2 categories: short term easily addressed issues & long term goals that will take several steps to reach. If Joe has an interest in music & would like to buyrepparttar 125594 latest compact disc by his favorite group – that’s a short-term issue. It is easily resolved as long as he hasrepparttar 125595 money to purchaserepparttar 125596 CD & a CD player to play it on when he gets home. Your role may simply be to supply transportation to a local store or shopping mall. If, onrepparttar 125597 other hand, Joe wants to go to backpacking inrepparttar 125598 mountains on his next vacation – that’s a long-term goal. Your role will probably be to help Joe in a number of steps to get ready for his trip (savingrepparttar 125599 money needed, learningrepparttar 125600 skills needed to backpack inrepparttar 125601 mountains, finding a reliable tour group or hiking partners, buildingrepparttar 125602 stamina to vacation outdoors, etc. etc.). Our role is not say, “no problem – whatever you want”. Our role is to say, “that’s a great dream – here’s how we get there from here!”

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