Nursing home (NH) residents are a frail population and it is unknown whether frailty or age impacts their ability to report preferences consistently. This study tested consistency of NH residents’ (n = 37) and university students’ (n = 50) everyday preference importance over 1 week. Results showed no differences in the consistency between NH residents’ and college students’ preference ratings; age and frailty were not related to preference instability. Among NH residents, personal care preferences were more stable and leisure activity preferences were less stable. The study confirms that reports of preferences by NH residents are consistent and reliable and can be used in care planning.

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25199153

Funder(s)

Harry Stern Family Center for Innovations in Alzheimer’s Care at the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, National Institute of Nursing Research grant (R21NR011334)

Citation

VanHaitsma, K., Abbott, K. M., Heid, A. R., Carpenter, B., Curyto, K., Kleban, M., …Spector, A. (2014). The consistency of self-reported preferences for everyday living: Implications for person-centered care delivery. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 40(10), 34-46. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20140820-01.

Team Members as Authors

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

Kimberly VanHaitsma, Ph.D.

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Dennis Cheatham

Communication Director

Director, Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care

Associate Professor of Nursing, College of Nursing

Kimberly VanHaitsma, Ph.D.

Katherine Abbott, Ph.D, MGS

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Dennis Cheatham

Communication Director

Robert H. and Nancy J. Blayney Professor, Scripps Research Fellow

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Gerontology

Katherine Abbott, Ph.D, MGS