Step 4


After the plan day, the team shares a written summary of the family’s plan with everyone. The team also works with the family to plan times for check-ins on their progress and for additional resources as requested by the family, continuing a long-term supportive relationship.

Step 3


The structure of the day is entirely guided by the family. Normally staff and non-family supports join at the beginning to offer resources or help and then leave families for as long as they need to develop their health and wellness plan. When the family is ready they present their plan to staff and non-family supports, who in turn share how they can resource the family’s plan. The actual plan day may not be needed by some families, depending on how pre-planning goes and their family’s dynamics.

Step 2


The majority of staff time and support is provided during the preparation stage, which can take up to a few months. This is the most important part of the process. This time is needed to help build trust between families and staff and to help families reflect on what they might need or want to consider. This includes:

  • Discussing their short and long-term goals
  • Deciding who to invite into this process
  • Discussing the details of the plan day (e.g., ceremonies, meals, etc.)
  • Providing culturally appropriate planning tools
  • Outlining other needs including transportation, childcare, etc

Step 1


The health and wellness planning process begins when staff identify potential families and meet with them to discuss the process and what to expect. If families are interested, they complete a series of forms and a brief interview.