The nursing home (NH) culture change movement advocates for residents to have choices about important aspects of their care. This mixed methods study examines the association between residents’ perceived choice and satisfaction with the way care preferences are met. Using the Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory (PELI), the study conducted cognitive interviews with 39 NH residents. The study found a significant positive association between NH residents’ perceived choice and feelings of satisfaction with their care preferences being met. Offering choices that are deemed favorable or solicited from NH residents is a key step toward increasing resident satisfaction with care.

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The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation, National Institute of Nursing Research (R21NR011334)


Bangerter, L. R., Heid, A. R., Abbott, K., & VanHaitsma, K. (2017). Honoring the everyday preferences of nursing home residents: Perceived choice and satisfaction with care. The Gerontologist, 57(3), 479. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv697

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