Knowing the person. Honoring preferences. Improving quality of life.

Welcome to Preference Based Living!

People who receive long-term services and supports often experience better health and wellbeing when their preferences are understood and honored. Their quality of life is enhanced by greater connection, autonomy, dignity and satisfaction.

These core insights and compassionate values spurred a more responsive, personalized approach - known as preference-based living - to care for adults who receive long-term services and supports. Knowing and honoring each person’s everyday preferences helps individuals who receive care maintain authorship of their own lives. 

This site provides practitioners and researchers, individuals and their families, with tools and research findings regarding ways to:

  • Learn about individual preferences
  • Design and implement care aligned with individual preferences
  • Measure quality of preference-based care in diverse settings.


JOIN NOW! PAL Card Project: A Quality Improvement Initiative

Would you like to try a fun, effective way to communicate residents' important preferences? You are invited to participate in a quality improvement project (QIP) called the Preferences for Activity and Leisure (PAL) Card Project, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Aging. The goal is to facilitate communication of residents' important preferences across your organization. Nursing home communities will receive training and support from our team. Also, participants will be entered into a drawing to win a robotic companion pet.

Help Us Improve Our Communication

The Preference Based Living team is striving for improved communication in 2018. We've created a quick survey to help us concentrate our social media outreach and we'd appreciate your feedback. Please take a moment to complete our PELI-Can Social Media Survey. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Latest Newsletter and Press Coverage

Check out our February newsletter with provider tips and success stories! Also, see recent media coverage about the PELI-Can project and innovative ways to meet resident preferences using PAL Cards and robotic pets. Hear a story from Cincinnati Public Radio and view TV report. "In our program, we really try and say let's think of ways to honor all the creative preferences because that leads to better quality of life," Dr. Katy Abbott says.