Through creative teamwork and fundraising, the As You Wish Program creates treasured moments for residents by honoring special preferences that go beyond the everyday. Use this tip sheet as a guide to start an innovative program that is rewarding for the older adults, staff and volunteers in your community.
In short-term settings, time is compressed and treatment schedules are busy. Yet, it is important to learn about and honor preferences to maximize recovery. This tip sheet presents strategies to conduct timely preference interviews that promote a person’s wellbeing and satisfaction with care.
This tip sheet walks care team members through the steps to create strengths based care plans to honor preferences and dignity. Topics include: involving direct care workers in care planning, tailoring activities, case scenarios and staying alert to change.
Preference assessment and care planning processes should highlight social preferences in order to prevent loneliness and encourage friendships and connection. This tip sheet explores common barriers to meeting preferences for social contact, reasons why social preferences shift, and ways to nurture social connections.
This tip sheet recommends strategies to build staff commitment in learning about individual preferences, encourage team communication — and most importantly, how to use preference information to enhance each older adult’s daily life. Also, find answers to common staff questions about preference based care.