Assessing preferences for daily life is the foundation for person-centered care. This study tested the Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory (PELI) with a large sample of community-dwelling older adults (n = 437). Aims were to evaluate the tool’s validity, identify common preferences within the sample, and explore associations between gender, race, and strength of preferences. The study found support for the PELI’s construct validity, identified participants’ most strongly held preferences across domains, and revealed preference differences by gender and race. Results indicate that the PELI is a practical tool to elicit preferences and personalize care.

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The Fan F. Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc., Newell Foundation, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Health Research Formula Funds, Harry Stern Family Center for Innovations in Alzheimer’s Care at the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life


VanHaitsma, K., Curyto, K., Spector, A., Towsley, G., Kleban, M., Carpenter, B., … Koren, M. J. (2013). The preferences for everyday living inventory: Scale development and description of psychosocial preferences responses in community-dwelling elders. The Gerontologist, (4), 582-595. doi:10.1093/geront/gns102.

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