2020 Practitioner of the Year

2020 Practitioner of the Year

2020 Practitioner of the Year

Terry McQuillen

Director of Life Enrichment and Volunteer Coordinator, LSS The Good Shepherd, Ashland,
Ohio

Mrs. McQuillen is a tireless advocate for honoring preferences and person-centered care.

Mrs. McQuillen has made dedicated efforts to improve the quality of life of residents at LSS The Good Shepherd through her work over the last 17 years, including her current responsibilities of overseeing four activity staff members and managing over 300 volunteers. In order to recognize and honor resident preferences, she uses creativity and resourcefulness to make residents’ wishes come true. Mrs. McQuillen developed the “As You Wish” program to fulfill dozens of wishes that many of us take for granted, such as going out to lunch, visiting local attractions, and volunteering. The “As You Wish” program has had a very positive impact on residents by reducing agitation and resistance to care when their preferences are honored. The “As You Wish” program also opened the minds of staff by showing them how much more the residents are capable of. In addition to running the “As You Wish” program, Mrs. McQuillen is closely involved with other services in her community, such as the local senior center, senior housing units, and the Council on Aging through helping to plan events such as ice cream socials and bingo.

Nominations

 

OAGE accepts nominations of individuals in Ohio to be recognized for their contributions in the areas of education, research, and practice. For more information, click on the links below.

 

2020 Researcher of the Year

2020 Researcher of the Year

2020 Researcher of the Year

Katherine (Katy) Abbott, Ph.D, M.G.S.

Associate Professor, Miami University, Dept. of Sociology and Gerontology, Research Fellow,
Scripps Gerontology Center More information

Dr. Abbott’s research focuses on improving health-related quality of life, social networks, and day-to-day experiences of older persons in various long-term care settings.​

Dr. Abbott is an Associate Professor of Gerontology and a Scripps Gerontology Center Research Fellow at Miami University in Oxford. She has contributed valuable, person-centered knowledge to practitioners, students, researchers, communities and older persons themselves. One of her most important innovations in gerontological practice is to develop, test, and apply the Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory (PELI), a tool to assist providers better understand the care preferences of people in their charge. PELI not only gathers important information about personal preferences but also shares this information with caregivers to enable them to deliver tailored person-centered care.

Dr. Abbott’s research has been recognized through her multiple funded PELI projects, and she also includes her students in the PELI project to provide them with hands-on experience that they, in turn, will use to better the lives of older persons. You can find resources and materials related to her work on www.PreferenceBasedLiving.com.

Nominations

 

OAGE accepts nominations of individuals in Ohio to be recognized for their contributions in the areas of education, research, and practice. For more information, click on the links below.