Without appropriate guidance or training, direct care workers (DCW) struggle to positively engage individuals experiencing behaviors of distress in the nursing home setting. The Individualized Positive Psychosocial Intervention (IPPI) is an evidence-based program designed to support DCWs in engaging people living with dementia in positive ways that enhance wellbeing and reduce negative emotional and behavioral responses. The IPPI program uses a coaching model to develop a competency-based approach to training existing care partners (i.e., activity professionals and DCWs).  The program leverages data, already collected by nursing home providers, to tailor the IPPI to important resident preferences.   The brief, flexible, and feasible IPPI intervention can be implemented meaningfully into daily care.

Previous research has found nursing home residents receiving the IPPI experienced more pleasure, alertness, engagement, and positive verbal behavior compared with the usual care group1. While the benefits are clear, the IPPI requires modifications in staff workflow and time for the DCWs to develop the competencies needed to deliver the program. The IPPI program utilizes approaches that embody person-centered practices and can be implemented with minimal financial burden.

To get started, register for Individualized Positive Psychosocial Intervention (IPPI).


VanHaitsma, K., Curyto, K., Abbott, K., Towsley, G., Spector, A., & Kleban, M. (2015). A randomized controlled trial for an individualized positive psychosocial intervention for the affective and behavioral symptoms of dementia in nursing home residents. Journals of Gerontology: Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 70(1), 35-45. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbt102.