How can person-centred practices help in housing?
There are person-centred thinking tools that can help people to explore what is important to them and think about how they want and need to be supported.
One of these tools is the Important To/Important For sorter. What is important to someone now and in the future includes their goals, dreams and aspirations, as well as what matters most to them in everyday life. What is important for someone includes the things they need to do to stay healthy and safe, and to be valued by others. Here is a short video that explains Important To/Important For and the balance between them.
When Tara was 18, she was a new mum who could not take her medication for her bipolar disorder because it was important to her to breastfeed her baby. Because of this, her symptoms caused her to have to move to a supportive housing program. Her person-centred planning facilitator helped her to think about what was important to her and for her so that she could share this with the people that would support her in this living situation. Here is what Tara recorded.
Some people have a difficult time thinking of their future and creating a positive vision of what they would like their future to be. When a facilitator at Centerpoint Facilitation met with Marilyn, she was 19 years old and was expecting a baby in three months. She and her boyfriend were living in a basement room of a friend’s house and paying $900.00/month. The living situation was neither affordable nor safe. Both she and her boyfriend were former addicts and did not wish to use drugs again; however, the friends they lived with were involved in heavy drug use. Marilyn used a Support Planning Graphic to help her to think about her life and capture her thinking in a visual way. This worked really well for Marilyn. It provided a great visual for her to have a conversation about different components of her life and to ‘see’ a clear direction of where she wanted her life to go.
Both Tara and Marilyn achieved better understanding, choice and control by using person-centred thinking tools to think and plan for their lives.
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