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Essential Lifestyle Planning

Essential lifestyle planning (ELP) is a way to discover and describe

  • What is important to a person in everyday life and
  • What others need to know and do so that what is important to each person is present while any issues of health and safety are addressed.

An essential lifestyle plan is the document that comes from those efforts, but ELP is also the knowledge, materials and training that has come from over a decade of collaborative learning regarding the development and implementation of plans. These include:

  • Over 30 hours of exercises and activities (with supporting materials) that can be used to train staff, family members and friends in the skills and values needed to develop and support the implementation of plans;
  • Manuals for –
    • People to be able to develop their own plans
    • Families to be able to develop plans with other family members
    • Service coordinators (and other paid staff) to be able to develop plans with those who use their services
      Paid staff to use in helping people leave institutions
    • Paid staff (or circle members) to use with people who are approaching retirement (from day centers or work)
  • Training and materials to assist with the development of person centered teams
  • Training and materials for organizations to be able to assess their capacity to implement the plans developed.

The training and material has been extensively applied to help people with developmental disabilities, and it is also be being used and adapted for –

  • People with severe and persistent mental illness (Michigan and Oregon),
  • People using services from the seniors service system (Oregon
  • People who are survivors of breast cancer (Missouri).
  • People who are aging with disabilities or terminally ill and are planning for end of life

Outside of disability services, ELP has been used as part of life and career coaching (Manchester, UK)