'Making Connections: Recommendations to enhance the use of personhood tools to improve person-centered care delivery across sectors' (2017) was created by the Behavioural Supports Ontario Lived Experience Advisory Members.
 
The purpose of the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) Lived Experience Advisory (LEA) is to engage people with lived experience in meaningful conversations and provide a virtual platform for people to connect through shared experiences.
 
Upon the advisory’s inception, a priority goal surfaced to develop recommendations to enhance the use of personhood tools in different clinical care sectors (i.e., the “Personhood Tools Project”). Members voiced that when caring for someone living with one or more of the conditions listed under BSO’s target population, it is essential to remember them as people with their own values, interests, preferences and histories.  Information about someone’s personhood provides them with a voice regarding their care preferences and needs in cases where they may no longer be able to verbalize their wishes. 
 
The sharing of elements related to one’s personhood can also assist team members across all sectors in building relationships, providing personalized care, and developing care plans that are tailored to the individual. In the context of BSO, information about an individual’s personhood assists in identifying potential contributing factors and/or causes of responsive behaviours/ personal expressions along with strategies to reduce their incidence and better support the individual. The BSO LEA Members suggest that leveraging personhood information in clinical care across sectors can reduce stigma, foster respect, increase safety, enhance empathy, promote care continuity, and improve the overall care experience. Ultimately, the members of the advisory saw how providing information related to one’s personhood could be a vehicle to improving the delivery of person- and family-centred care while also emphasizing dignity across all sectors.
 
On this webpage, you will find the recommendations which you can download in PDF format. This page also includes web links to all of the Recommended Personhood Tools mentioned in the document as well as other related resources. If you have implemented one of these tools or another personhood tool in your organization, we would love to hear from you! 
 

Resources

​Making Connections: Recommendations to Enhance the use of Personhood Tools to Improve Person-Center

​Making Connections: Recommendations to Enhance the use of Personhood Tools to Improve Person-Centered Care Across Sectors

When providing person-and family-centred care, it is essential to gather and share information related to personhood, which highlights people’s own values, interests, preferences and histories.

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Webinar - Making Connections: Recommendations to Enhance the use of Personhood Tools to Improve Person-Centered Care Across Sectors

Presenters: Sharon Osvald, Lived Experience Facilitator and Katelynn Viau, BSO Provincial Coordinating

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Slides - Making Connections: Recommendations to Enhance the use of Personhood Tools to Improve Person-Centered Care Across Sectors

Presenters: Sharon Osvald, Lived Experience Facilitator and Katelynn Viau, BSO Provincial Coordinating

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