"A goal without a plan is just a wish." said Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the poet and author of The Little Prince.
He continued, "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. The one thing that matters is the effort."
But what’s all this got to do with care planning?
Setting goals is a key element of any care plan. Goals don’t always have to be lofty ambitions, but you should be able to understand what it is a person desires to achieve from your initial care planning conversations. So how should you go about goal setting?
There are a number of methods, including the SMART method, which we talk about in detail here, but for the purposes of this blog we’re going to give a general overview of the key things you should consider when setting goals for the people in your care.
Collaborative goal setting
The first thing to remember is that goal setting should be collaborative and agreed on by all parties. That means not just you and your care team, but the person at the centre, their families and any other external parties within their care circle, like GPs and social workers.
Encourage people to focus on the areas that they self identify as their areas of greatest need and encourage them to set goals for the months ahead.
Examples might include:
being more active
not forgetting their medication
Setting specific and achievable goals – collaboratively with the individual – is fundamental to creating change.