Supported Decision-Making is just a fancy way of describing how we all make choices. We all need help making decisions, every single day. Think about it: when the doctor says you have a “somatic injury” or a “brachial obstruction,” or something else that sounds like a foreign language, what do you do? When you don’t know the difference between “itemized” and “standard” deductions, how can you file your tax return? When the mechanic says your car has a “blown head gasket,” how do you know whether to pay for repairs?
You probably ask a friend or family member what to do or if they know someone who can help you cut through the jargon so you can understand what’s going on and what you need to do. It’s just common sense, right? When you don’t know enough to make a good decision, you find people who can help you. It could be going to your brother the accountant with tax questions or talking to your friend the nurse when you need medical information.
When you do that, you’re using Supported Decision-Making. You’re getting the help you need and want so you can make the decisions you have to make.
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