Personalized Dementia Care

Person Centered Approach to providing Quality Care (more information here) CMS and the State of Minnesota requirements recognize the importance of educating staff on providing quality care for the folks that suffer from Dementia. By understanding some key facts about how a person with Dementia sees the world and some practical tools to ensure affective, … Read morePersonalized Dementia Care

Supporting People with Severe Reputations in the Community

by Michael W. Smull and Susan Burke Harrison This handbook presents the tools needed to develop better community capacity to support people with severe reputations. For conceptual convenience, it is divided into four components: How people receive their reputations; How to plan with the individual for community services; How to recruit and develop the supports needed to … Read moreSupporting People with Severe Reputations in the Community

Supported Decision Making A guide for supporters

by Kate Fulton, Kellie Woodley & Helen Sanderson This guide offers people best practice techniques and tools that may be useful when supporting others with their decision-making. This includes those people who make their own decisions and those who may lack the capacity to do so and where decisions are made in their best interest. … Read moreSupported Decision Making A guide for supporters

Habits for highly effective staff – using person-centered thinking in day-to-day work

by Helen Sanderson To really make a difference to someone’s life – and to ensure they have more choice and control – staff supporting them need to participate in an ongoing loop of listening, learning and action. This can be done through habitually using person-centered thinking tools. These are the foundation of change and they can … Read moreHabits for highly effective staff – using person-centered thinking in day-to-day work

Using person-centered practices within organisations and teams

by Helen Sanderson, Mary Beth Lepkowsky with Michelle Livesley and Ruth Gorman Shifting the way we think about people supported by the organisation and people employed by the organisation can be accomplished through using person-centred thinking practices, to create a person-centred culture. At their heart, person-centred thinking tools are simply a different way to have … Read moreUsing person-centered practices within organisations and teams

A Workbook for Your Personal Passport

Developed by Allen, Shea & Associates (1996) with special thanks to Patsy Davies, Claudia Forrest, Mark Rice and Steve Sweet. This workbook is for people with developmental disabilities and their friends and families who want to learn more about person-centered planning. It will also help people get ready for their next Individual Program Plan (IPP) … Read moreA Workbook for Your Personal Passport

Thinking About Risks

by Michael Smull July 2013 Managing any risk begins with learning what is “important to” the person as well as what is “important for”, and helping to find a good balance between them. Often risk is significantly diminished when our understanding of what the person wants deepens and we find reasonably safe ways for the … Read moreThinking About Risks

The Importance of Environment: From Toxic to Healing

by Michael Smull and Mary Lou Bourne All people respond to their environment. Whether we are happy or miserable is largely determined by what surrounds us. For happiness or even simply contentment to exist, certain things must be present and other things must be absent. What happens when we don’t have control over what is present or absent? … Read moreThe Importance of Environment: From Toxic to Healing