An Introduction to Person Centered Planning

Written by Lisa Simmons

The basic assumption behind person centered planning is that EVERYONE; verbal or nonverbal, “normal” or profoundly disabled has goals or values that are central to them having a satisfying life experience. However, one ofrepparttar most common mistakes made by service coordinators new to person centered planning isrepparttar 125584 assumption that everyone has similar goals/values. This makesrepparttar 125585 next leap (that everyone’s goals & values are similar to our own) incredibly easy to fall into. We all must struggle to remember that life values are formed out of life experiences and life experiences VARY DRAMATICALLY from person to person. When we look atrepparttar 125586 life experiences ofrepparttar 125587 average middle class American & compare them to that of a disabled adult who may have spent a significant portion of their life institutionalizedrepparttar 125588 difference becomes even more dramatic. Add into this picturerepparttar 125589 fact thatrepparttar 125590 individual you are supporting may not be able to easily communicate their desires & preferences &repparttar 125591 challenge is laid out. So where do we begin? 1. Can you identify any issues right offrepparttar 125592 bat that have been ‘struggle points” inrepparttar 125593 past? This probably indicates thatrepparttar 125594 issue is important enough torepparttar 125595 person to fight for. Usually these are issues of control. Having access to things they want, having control overrepparttar 125596 pattern or pace of their day, having control over their diet or access to specific food items. Usually direct support staff are your best source of this information ifrepparttar 125597 person cannot tell you him/herself.

2. Oncerepparttar 125598 issues are identified, brainstorm withrepparttar 125599 individual & their support team (allrepparttar 125600 important people in their life) to find a workable solution. This may mean helping them purchase desired items or it may mean assisting them to budget towardrepparttar 125601 purchase of a larger item like a TV. Ifrepparttar 125602 pace or routine of their day isn’t working, can their activities be rearranged orrepparttar 125603 pace changed to something more comfortable. Activities (whether work, leisure, or domestic) that generate “struggle points” should be seriously looked at. Most of us don’t continue to participate in things that we find objectionable. We find something else to do, or ifrepparttar 125604 activity is essential, we find someone else to do it. Ifrepparttar 125605 issue is food related, it may take some creativity to balance real health issues againstrepparttar 125606 individuals preferences. If it’s a particular food item such as pop or high fat snacks, explorerepparttar 125607 possibility of substituting fat free or caffeine free items. Trade offs are necessary for all of us at times when our health is onrepparttar 125608 line, but onlyrepparttar 125609 individual can decide which trade off isrepparttar 125610 most acceptable. Creativity is key during this part ofrepparttar 125611 process.

Tips On Being An Independent Consultant

Written by Colin Ong TS

1)Do Your Budget Projections

Every business has to have a proper system of budgetary planning. This is vital because you do not want to lose a potential contract because you can’t afford to take a plane flight to sign it!

If you are unsure, it will be advisable to meet up with friends inrepparttar same industry. But do your homework first and check if they will be in direct competition with you; they may not give you accurate advice because they may reveal vital information about their core competencies. Alternatively, you can source out information from your business association.

2)Get a Private Banker

Every Consultancy needs good financial advice. Learn to delegate some financial requirements torepparttar 125583 professionals. They may actually help you to avoid pitfalls that can impederepparttar 125584 progress of your consultancy.

3)Private Funding

If you believe thatrepparttar 125585 foundation of your consultancy is built on a franchise or a first-mover opportunity, you should seriously consider getting private funding. However, before you start to “hitrepparttar 125586 streets with your business plan”, get legal advice aboutrepparttar 125587 protection of your intellectual property and do a background check onrepparttar 125588 venture companies that you are approaching.

A big advantage of getting venture funds is thatrepparttar 125589 principal sum is much bigger and there is better support.

4)Consistent Pricing Plan

In order to be credible and professional, you should put serious thought inrepparttar 125590 pricing plan for your services. The basis can be drawn from a Per hour/Per contract basis. However, you can make exceptions if you have intentions of creating alliances with you customers or embark in a co-branding exercise (online and offline).

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