The quality of dementia care for individuals and families depends on the quality of assessment and care planning, and the degree to which those practices are person-centered. This article provides recommendations for assessment and care planning based on a review of the literature. The guidelines build upon previous recommendations published by the Alzheimer’s Association, and are relevant to all care settings as well as types and stages of dementia. The guidelines are useful to a wide range of professionals, paraprofessionals and direct care workers.

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Alzheimer’s Association


Molony, S. L., Kolanowski, A., Van Haitsma, K., & Rooney, K. E. (2018). Person-centered assessment and care planning. The Gerontologist, 58(1), S32-S47. doi:10.1093/geront/gnx173

Team Members as Authors

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

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