Increasing Person Centered Thinking: Improving the Quality of Person Centered Planning


Person-centered planning generally refers to considering older adults or disabled persons’ needs, goals, preferences, cultural traditions, family situation, and values. At the center of person-centered planning is the focus person, close friends and family members, and the caregiver or other authority of the focus person’s life direction. This manual, organized by the Institute for Community Integrationat the University of Minnesota, is a guide for person-centered planning facilitators.

Key Points

The guide provides a number of useful tools for facilitators, including preparation checklists, plan assistance, and plan improvements and evaluations. Additionally, it discusses how to handle difficult group members and challenging situations, and details a number of articles and resources that might be of importance to a facilitator.

How to Use

While this manual was created for facilitators, person-centered planning is a concept that local planners and leaders should consider promoting in their communities. Putting older adults and people with disabilities at the center of their personal planning decisions, along with their family members and/or caregivers, is a good place to start. This guide has many useful tools for facilitators that may not be of interest to planners and officials; however, much of the information provided in the Articles and Resources section will better explain the process and importance of person-centered planning.

View the full report: Increasing Person-Centered Thinking: Improving the Quality of Person-Centered Planning (PDF – 1.3 MB)

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