Preference Based Living

Adults who receive long-term services and supports experience better health and well-being when their care reflects their values and preferences. This website supports care providers, researchers, policymakers, advocates, older adults and their families who wish to:

  • Learn about individual preferences
  • Design and implement care in line with preferences
  • Measure and improve the quality of preference-based care in diverse settings
  • Access current research on preferences

Join our work to affirm and promote the best possible health and wellbeing of adults who receive long-term services and supports through greater connection, independence, dignity, and satisfaction.

Roles

Find practical resources and research to support your role in improving care for older adults.

Practitioner

Find tools, tip sheets, webinars, training videos, activity protocols and other practical resources for care team members.

Practitioner

Researcher

Explore publications on theory, assessment, care delivery and quality measurement in preference based care.

Researcher

Advocate

Find guidance on how guardians, family members and others can advocate for preference-based care.

Advocate

Policymaker

Learn about policy and programmatic initiatives to promote preference-based care in long-term services and supports.

Policymaker

Why Preferences Matter

Share this three-minute video with staff and family members!

Start a conversation about why preferences matter to promote quality of life for older adults receiving long-term services and supports.

News and Updates

The Preference Based Living team at GSA 2021!

November 15, 2021
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At this year’s Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, the Preference Based Living team presented papers on key issues, including: preference assessment, Covid, the need for long-term services supports reform, and a national study to improve care for people living with dementia in nursing homes. Conference attendees can view the presentations via the links below (through December 31, 2021). 

For more information about our research, or if you would like to arrange a presentation for your organization, contact:  Dr. Katy Abbott, abbottkm@miamioh.edu, or Dr. Kimberly VanHaitsma, ksv110@psu.edu.

The Preference Based Living team at GSA 2021!

“Recommendations to Deliver Person-Centered Long-Term Care for Persons Living With Dementia”

October 25, 2021
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Person-centered care (PCC) is the standard for the delivery of long-term services and supports (LTSS) to people living with dementia. In this new article, Kimberly VanHaitsma, PhD, Preference Based Living co-founder, and colleagues review the state of the science on meaningful outcomes and workforce development in PCC, and discuss what is needed to ensure that person-centered LTSS becomes a universal reality. The article emphasizes the need to develop pragmatic measures to assess the quality of dementia care, along with training matched to desired quality outcomes.

“Recommendations to Deliver Person-Centered Long-Term Care for Persons Living With Dementia”