RAISING THE BAR: Practice Guide for Assisted Living Communities



Until now, there have been no standards of practice for person- and relationship-centered dementia support that have directly engaged the informed experience of the true dementia experts — the individuals living with dementia themselves.

To fill this significant gap, the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) partnered with The Eden Alternative® to initiate Raising the Bar: Creating a Better Society in Which to Live with Dementia (Raising the Bar, for short). This multi-year project is based on an inclusive process that brings together aging services professionals and people living with dementia to define a set of best practice processes that put the person first. Raising the Bar asserts that relationships with and support of people living with dementia must encourage and strengthen the overall well-being of the person, specifically the individual’s sense of identity, connectedness, security, autonomy, meaning, growth, and joy.

Using a consensus-based process, individuals living with dementia worked side-by-side with service providers, hands-on care partners, clinicians, researchers, and advocates, among others, to help develop the Practice Guide for Assisted Living Communities, the first in a series of five, setting-specific guides. The four remaining guides – for nursing homes, adult day, home care, and one’s own home – will become available over time.

Stakeholders can use the Practice Guide for Assisted Living Communities to rethink and redesign:

  • Perspectives about living with dementia and dementia support
  • Communication strategies
  • Problem-solving and decision-making
  • Education of the people providing support for those living with dementia
  • Practices and operations needed to support and sustain the new approach

If you’ve arrived on this page, you have expressed an interest in purchasing a print version of the Raising the Bar Practice Guide for Assisted Living Communities.  Your purchase includes the following:

  • Access to a brief introductory video for the resource
  • A 108-page, spiral bound version of the Practice Guide
  • Download access to an interactive Assessment Tool


Additional information

Weight .5 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 9 × .5 in