CCAL coined the term person-centered living (PCL) as a reminder that as people grow older or have disabilities they should not experience a loss of humanity or choice regardless of where they live. PCL means living as one chooses to.
PCL is based on humanistic beliefs that every individual has a unique background, human experience, and the right to determine how to live his/her own life. PCL is also relationship-based and focused on supporting the individual’s emotional, social, physical, and spiritual well-being (e.g., belonging, experiencing a continuation of self-worth, purpose, meaning, enjoyment, comfort, and opportunities for growth).
CCAL is a non-profit national advocacy organization whose mission is to raise awareness and advocate for the widespread implementation of person-centered living principles, policies, and practices in supports and services for elders and individuals with disabilities wherever they live.
PCL Principles: “Nothing About Me Without Me”
- Every elder and individual with a disability is provided choice, privacy, dignity, respect, independence, and autonomy.
- Elders and individuals with disabilities have the right to determine their needs, decide how best to have those needs met, and give feedback about the quality and nature of the care, services and supports they receive.
- If support is needed, supports are centered on their personal preferences and values that honor their selfhood.
- A person-centered culture is nurturing, empowering, and respectful, and optimizes the well-being of not only the elder and individual with a disability, but also the family and larger caregiving and/or services and support network.
Ultimately, person-centered living means being kind, respectful, and sensitive to those being served and honoring their right to make their own choices, regardless of the setting.