Understanding an older adult’s preferences is a cornerstone for person-centered care. On this page, you’ll find an array of resources to help your community or program establish a system to assess the preferences of older adults receiving long-term services and supports.

Getting Started with Preference Assessment

Resources to familiarize you and your community with preferences

Why Preferences Matter

View this three-minute video to learn why preferences matter to promote quality of life for older adults receiving long-term services and supports.

Why Preferences Matter

PELI—How to Get Started

This tip sheet explains how to launch a PELI team and begin using the tool to learn about the preferences of older adults in your community as well as to personalize and improve the quality of daily care.

PELI—How to Get Started

Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory: FAQs

This webinar introduces the PELI-Can project for Ohio nursing homes, and presents tips and resources to assist in using the Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory (PELI) to learn about resident […]

Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory: FAQs

Sample PELI Policy

This sample policy can be adapted to formalize how your organization will use the PELI.

Sample PELI Policy

Top Preferences Across LTSS Settings

What are the top preferences of older adults receiving long-term services and supports? Do preferences differ by care setting? The answers to these questions provide a starting point to enhance person-centered care.

Top Preferences Across LTSS Settings

Preference Assessment Questionnaires

Scientifically validated and flexible Preferences for Everyday Living (PELI) questionnaires

PELI-Nursing Home Full Version 2.0

This PELI questionnaire consists of 72 questions asking older adults about their preferences in five areas of day-to-day life: social contact, personal development, leisure, living environment and daily routine. Providers […]

PELI-Nursing Home Full Version 2.0

PELI-Nursing Home-MDS 3.0 Section F-Version 2.0

This PELI questionnaire asks nursing home residents about 16 preferences for daily living that are consistent with the CMS Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0. The PELI supplements the MDS by delving into specific aspects of resident preferences.

PELI-Nursing Home-MDS 3.0 Section F-Version 2.0

PELI PAL Cards: 8-Item MDS 3.0 Section F Interview

This version of the PELI PAL Card Interview contains the eight MDS activity and leisure items with additional follow-up questions. It should be noted that all previous PAL Card work has been done with the full 34-item PELI PAL Card Interview and it may be difficult to create a PAL Card from the limited information this version provides.

PELI PAL Cards: 8-Item MDS 3.0 Section F Interview

Rainbow PELI-NH-Full Version 2.0

This PELI questionnaire consists of 72 questions asking older adults about their preferences for daily life. The Rainbow PELI contains questions that specifically address the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) older adults living in nursing homes.

Rainbow PELI-NH-Full Version 2.0

Conducting PELI Interviews

Guidelines and tips for preference interviews

Interview Tips

This tip sheet provides training “basics” for staff and volunteers who will conduct PELI preference interviews. Learn how to set up and begin interviews, record answers, and offer prompts to encourage full responses. Preference interviews are a chance to get to know individuals better and build meaningful relationships that improve quality of life and quality of care.

Interview Tips

Interviewing Older Adults Using The PELI Video Guide

About the Training Video This viewer’s guide accompanies the Preference-Based Living: Interviewing Older Adults Using the PELI training video developed by the Preference-Based Living team. This 22-minute video serves as […]

Interviewing Older Adults Using The PELI Video Guide

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

This tip sheet introduces a version of the PELI that your organization can adopt to raise awareness and address the unmet needs of LGBTQ+ older adults. Learn how to educate staff about inclusion and cultural sensitivity, as well as ways to implement the Rainbow PELI.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Engaging Family & Staff in Preference Assessment

Resources to help engage staff and family in preference assessment

Working with Proxies

When an older adult is unable to respond to PELI questions due to cognitive or communication limitations, a proxy – a family member or friend who knows the individual well – can help. This tip sheet discusses how to identify, reach out to and collect information from a proxy. Also, learn what to do if a family member or friend is not available to assist with preference assessment.

Working with Proxies

Helping Staff Engage

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.

Helping Staff Engage