Person Centred Approach and Planning

A person-centred service is one that is designed and provided around what is important to each service user from his or her perspective.  Each individual is centrally and actively involved in planning their own services and supports.  Taking a person-centred approach is one of the basic principles of the National Health Strategy.

Person centred planning involves the person by helping them think about what is important to them, how they want to live and what support they want.  It is good planning so that people can make positive changes in their lives and services.  Person-centred planning focuses on the individual as a person and not their disability.  It is about citizenship, family inclusion, community life and self-determination.  Person centred planning involves working with many individuals, partners and agencies to meet people’s goals.