What do I want to achieve?
It helps if you can think about what is right for you before you start having discussions with people like staff at the local Council or care services.
When someone is doing an assessment of your needs – which is how the Council and most service providers start – it is easier to answer their questions and get the best support they can give you if you have already thought about what you want.
If you can, spend a bit of time thinking about how you want things to be different.
- What do you want to be able to do that you can’t do so well now?
- Is there something happening now that you want to stop?
- How do you want to feel? This could be ‘being happy with your friends’, or ‘not worrying about something’.
Write it down.
- Make a list. You think you’ll remember it all, but you probably won’t.
- If you are someone who prefers to use images or colours or drawings instead of words, that’s fine. These are your notes.
- It sometimes helps to have a notepad handy and add to your list as you think of something else over the next few days – or weeks, or months.
- Leave it for a bit. Then go back to it and see if you still feel that way.
Don’t try to do it all on your own.
- Talk it over with the people you trust – family, friends.
- Involve someone if they are going to be affected by what you decide.
- Check out information from other places at your own pace.
- Ask around to hear what other people have done, if you can.
Don’t worry about not knowing what the solutions are.
- If you do know what you would like – that’s good.
- The people you’ll be meeting – such as staff in the Social Work Department at the Council or people who provide services or equipment – can suggest ways to meet your requirements. That’s part of their job.
It is good to know what you do NOT want. Make a list of those things too.
Remember that it is OK to change your mind.