Honoring nursing-home (NH) residents’ preferences for daily living is a key part of person-centered care, yet communicating preferences across care team members can be challenging. This study evaluated the implementation of the Preferences for Activity and Leisure (PAL) Card, an evidence-based tool to share resident preferences among NH staff. PAL Cards are based on information gained from the Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory. Twenty-six NHs completed the full project, which included training sessions, monthly coaching calls, and creating PAL Cards for residents. Researchers used the RE-AIM framework to evaluate providers’ perceptions of PAL Card implementation. Providers found that the intervention was feasible, acceptable, and appropriate. PAL Cards can assist NHs in building better staff-resident relationships and enhancing person-centered care delivery. 

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https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07317115.2021.1929632?scroll=top&needAccess=true

Funder(s)

Ohio Department of Medicaid

Citation

Abbott, K. M., Heppner, A., Hicks, N., Hermesch, A., & VanHaitsma, K. (2021). Evaluating the Implementation of a Pragmatic Person-Centered Communication Tool for the Nursing Home Setting: PAL Cards. Clinical Gerontologist, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1080/07317115.2021.1929632

Team Members as Authors

Members of the the PELI Team who contributed to this publication.

Katherine Abbott, Ph.D, MGS

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Dennis Cheatham

Communication Director

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Gerontology

Scripps Gerontology Research Fellow

Katherine Abbott, Ph.D, MGS

Abby Hermesch

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Dennis Cheatham

Communication Director

Master of Gerontological Studies Student

Abby Hermesch

Kimberly VanHaitsma, Ph.D., FGSA

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Dennis Cheatham

Communication Director

Professor, Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing
Director, Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care

Kimberly VanHaitsma, Ph.D., FGSA