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.


Robotic Service Animals Comfort Residents at Oxford, OH Nursing Home

View television interview here: animals are "part of a preference-based living program. 'For residents that have a preference for animals, like pets, this would be a great option..' said Katy Abbott, Miami University, gerontology professor. Activities director Suzanne House had already noticed residents missing their furry friends, so it was the perfect fit. 'Their eyes lit up, and smiles, and they held out their hands so they could take the dog, cat, the pet and just love on it,'" she said.

Robotic Pets Purr-Fect For Oxford Retirement Community

Listen to coverage on Cincinnati public radio:"Having this kind of option is a way of honoring preferences. 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.