Maryland Positive Behavior Support Training

Areas Related to Quality of Life

The goal of being more person-centered is to help people improve the quality of their lives. Quality of life is not just about being happy. There are a number of areas in life that can help a person to improve their health and wellness. These quality of life areas include:

  • Emotional Wellbeing – Positive connections, feeling safe, living in predictable and positive setting
  • Interpersonal Relationships – Connecting with friends and experience affection and love at home and in the community
  • Material Wellbeing – Owning items or property, employment and having the ability to purchase items, access to events, etc.
  • Personal Development – Growing as a person both in education and experience
  • Physical Wellbeing – Being able to maintain optimal health and mobility
  • Self-Determination –Making important life decisions and setting life goals
  • Social Inclusion – Experiencing meaningful connections with other people and feeling included as part of a community
  • Rights – Being able to vote and engage in civic responsibilities, experience privacy and freedom, access to legal support

Learn more about how these quality of life areas are impact the people you support. You can use this information to make sure we are doing everything we can to help each person to live their best life.


A word cloud in the shape of a letter Q that stands for quality of-life. The words in the word cloud are: vacation, work, fullfilment, choose, friends, idenity, education, planning, togetherness,  politics, safe, health, career, goals, love,belief, lifestyle, joy, creativity, freedom, well being,  finances, caring, happiness, family, engagment, harmony, balance, inclusion, everyday, equality, recreation, support, satifaction, peaceful, community, religion

Adapted from Kincaid, D. (2017). /person-centered-planning-presentation

Spend some time assessing your own quality of life:

  • Write down or share examples of how you would assess each quality of life area.
  • Are there certain areas in your life that you would like to improve?
  • Create a goal that you can work on to improve one area in your quality of life.

Now, think about someone you are supporting at home or at work:

  • Are some domains more important to the person than others?
  • What are the person’s strengths when it comes to quality of life?
  • Do areas of quality of life change in importance during certain time periods?