Partnership Overview

Abramson Senior Care’s internationally recognized Polisher Research Institute (PRI) has a longstanding partnership with the Penn State College of Nursing Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care (PPCLSC) to spur innovation and collaboration among care providers, researchers, faculty and students. Kimberly VanHaitsma, Ph.D., serves as Senior Research Scientist at PRI as well as Professor and Director of PPCLSC at Penn State. The goal of the partnership is to bridge the translational divide between research and practice in effective new ways that improve quality of life and wellbeing for older adults who receive senior care services and supports.

This relationship, established in 2015, connects PRI with researchers and faculty within Penn State’s College of Nursing and beyond, while Abramson Senior Care serves as a teaching site and living laboratory for research. The result is a highly productive collaboration for nursing education as well as to pioneer and test advances in the practice of person-centered care for older adults. These innovations enable Abramson Senior Care to enhance the lives of older adults by providing them with the latest evidence-based care, as well as continue its role as a national leader in senior care services and supports.

The Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care (PPCLSC) is an academic initiative and collaborative partnership between the Penn State College of Nursing Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence and the Polisher Research Institute of Abramson Senior Care.

PPCLSC’s mission is to be a leader in person-centered care research as well as to educate a professionally diverse workforce and apply person-centered, evidence-based practices across the senior care continuum.

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