We are working toward the definition of excellence—together.


The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation Designation of Excellence in Person-Centered Long-Term Care seeks to develop a research-driven designation process that is grounded in resident perspectives and one that denotes person-centered excellence in long-term care settings. This designation will be one that can both inform and be widely adopted by the long-term care industry. It will serve as a tool to inform the public about best practices through creating awareness of and demand for high quality person-centered care across the nation.

The designation will serve as an industry measure to recognize the best institutional behaviors and practices which are excellent and person-centered in design, delivery, and outcomes, and promote the wide acceptance and implementation of such behaviors and practices. Ultimately, The Mayer-Rothschild Designation of Excellence will become a touchstone for the industry, and a way for the public to access excellence and person-centered practices and values at these care communities.

The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation Designation of Excellence in Person-Centered Long-Term Care award has four planned phases, each twelve months long. Over a four-year period, these phases will include planning, discovery, validation and launch of milestones. This is year one of the four-phases, the planning phase.


  1. Identify and synthesize the priority components of person-centered care based on a variety of research, resident, expert, and staff perspectives
  2. Develop a framework for a person-centered care Designation of Excellence Tool that will be practical and attractive industry-wide across a variety of settings and contexts, providing consumer transparency



Data from the following projects will be collected and analyzed using academic research rigor balanced with accessibility and welcoming formats and opportunities. All projects will focus on participation from diverse populations and will follow best practices and protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Ongoing literature review
  • Launch a website for sharing interim findings, publications, resources, and updates
  • Invite and convene a local Steering Committee to participate in monthly meetings. The Steering Committee reviews environmental scan and literature review information, identifies demonstration projects to trial at The Cedars
  • Develop and conduct a national family and resident survey
  • Develop and disseminate a “Defining Excellence in Person-Centered Care” message board activity for activities directors to engage in with long-term care and assisted living residents across the United States
  • Create, recruit participants, and hold staff focus groups
  • Recruit case study sites representing a diverse range of care communities from across the country to participate in a one-to-two hour discussion regarding person-centered care
  • Invite and convene a National Blue Ribbon Expert Panel in the fields of long-term care, aging, community services, and advocacy to meet quarterly
  • Draft a Designation of Excellence in Person-Centered Care framework integrating the literature review, initial feedback from Steering Committee and Blue Ribbon Panel, resident surveys, staff focus groups, message board activities, and case studies
  • Identify publication and presentation opportunities to build interest in the work and build network of partners supporting the work

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The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation Designation of Excellence in Person-Centered Long-Term Care project prioritizes racial equity in every level of our research, development, and implementation. We also wish to center the importance of gender equity, the needs of GLBTQIA+ individuals and communities, those living in poverty, those living with disabilities, and the intersections among these identities and experiences. In order for the Designation to be the most relevant, transformative, and genuinely person-centered, for today and into the future, those at the intersections of marginalized identities must be centered. 

We also know that building relationships, collaboration, and meaningful partnerships takes time and care. It is a process. As we walk on this journey, we welcome your feedback and participation.

This initial chart contains some of our Phase One action step commitments. Please check back soon, as we will be adding more details and updates throughout this project! 



In order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, together, we will be taking a proactive and preventive approach in conducting project activities. The health and safety of our residents, co-workers, providers, and community is our top priority as the project unfolds. As the Coronavirus pandemic evolves, we will monitor federal, state, and local public health communications about COVID-19 regulations, guidance, and recommendations and ensure that best practices are incorporated into project activities. Implementing this guidance will help prevent exposure and provide a critical infrastructure to our activities. In addition, in recognition of the impact that COVID-19 has had on the long-term care landscape, this project will include a special focus on identifying how person-centered care can be provided within the backdrop of a national pandemic.