Practice Statement: Meaningful Lives

People have productive and purposeful lives, whether this is accomplished through volunteering, continued learning, leisure activities or employment. We assist people to discover what they’d like by offering opportunities to see what’s available and honouring their choice.

Practice Definition: Meaningful Lives

What would be observed in practice:

  • People are supported to locate employment, education, volunteer and/or social roles or meaningful activities that match their goals, desires, skills and aptitudes
  • Discussions around work, social roles, training and other opportunities take place with people to enable an understanding of what’s available
  • Opportunities are provided for different experiences and individual preferences
  • A meaningful life is built around being person centred and focused on the individual
  • Resources are identified for people to enable them to develop their full potential
  • People are engaged, included, interactive and have a sense of belonging

Role-based Resources

Residential Staff

Discussion Questions

Read the Quality of Life Domains
Review 1 to 3 Goal Plans for people you support in relation to the following questions.

  1. How do the long and short term goals align with the person’s chosen domains?
  2. In terms of supporting the person to achieve their goals.
    • What have you done so far?
    • What will you do next?
  3. Will achieving the goals lead to a meaningful life for the person and develop their full potential?
    • What more could you do or what could you do differently?

Community Services

Discussion Questions

Read the Quality of Life Domains

Review the Goal Plans for people you support in relation to the following questions.

    1. How do the long and short term goals align with the person’s chosen domains?
    2. In terms of supporting the person to achieve their goals.
      • What have you done so far?
      • What will you do next?
    3. Will achieving the goals lead to a meaningful life for the person and develop their full potential?
      • What more could you do or what could you do differently?

Respite

Discussion Questions

Read the Quality of Life Domains

Review  a few  Goal Plans for people you support in relation to the following questions.

  1. How do the long and short term goals align with the person’s chosen domains?
  2. In terms of supporting the person to achieve their goals.
    • What have you done so far?
    • What will you do next?
  3. Will achieving the goals lead to a meaningful life for the person and develop their full potential?
    • What more could you do or what could you do differently?

Managers and Coordinators

Discussion Questions

Read the Quality of Life Domains, review Goal Plans for people you and your team support.

  1. How do the long and short term goals align with the person’s chosen domains?
  2. In terms of supporting the person to achieve their goals.
    • What have you done so far?
    • What will you do next?
  3. Will achieving the goals lead to a meaningful life for the person and develop their full potential?
    • What more could you do or what could you do differently?

In your leadership role, how will you coach, mentor and support your team members:

  • To maintain and improve the person’s quality of life?
  • To ensure the people we support are engaged, included and have a sense of belonging?