Nomination Guidelines

RI Generations is now accepting nominations for this award.

Nomination Guidelines for the Imogene Higbie Direct-care Service Award

Each year, RI Generations recognizes several direct-care individuals whose day-to-day involvement in service to elders exemplifies the qualities of individualized, person-centered care, ensuring the respect, dignity, and independence of the individuals they serve.

RI Generations promotes the hallmark features of individualized, person-centered care, including:

  • Respecting people’s values, independence, and choices, and putting the individual at the center of care planning;
  • Taking into account people’s preferences, expressed needs, physical comfort and safety, and engaged in life;
  • Working together to make sure there is good communication, information and education;
  • Involving family and friends;

Imogene Higbie, RIG’s first consumer member, began her social activism in the civil rights movement in the 1960’s.  Imy was very fond of direct-care workers and the difficulties they faced working in systems with rigid work processes that often neglected to consider an elders wishes or accommodate their individual desires.  Based on her experience residing in a nursing facility, Imy realized that those in the position of providing direct-care were also going to be the people who would sow and nurture the seeds of the culture change fostering individualized, person-centered care – direct-care would be the champions of that change!

Eligible candidates:

Direct-care staff  working in long-term care facilities and assisted living residences;  i.e., hands-on care & services: Nursing Assistants, Resident Assistants, Universal Workers, Shahbaz, Activities Assistants.

Criteria for nomination:

  • Interactions with patients, resident, consumers, and respective family member, exemplifies an understanding of individualized person-directed or person-centered care principles:
    • Routinely seeks to determine the likes, personal preferences, and choices of the individual receiving assistance and/or care;
    • Actively seeks advice and information from family and acquaintances of the individual served;
    • Promotes independence and autonomy in all aspects of engagement with individuals;
    • Exhibits compassion and respect for the individual, partnering with them and offering choices based on knowing an individuals expressed preferences;
    • Routinely accommodates changes in an individual’s preferences;
    • Proactively participates in and advocates for the individual through by communicating with care coordinators, peers, and n care planning;
    • Formal and informal leader and model of person-directed care practices with peers.

Nomination process:

  • Nominations letters to RI Generations on the attached form or facility/residence letterhead, and minimally, should include the following information:
    • Brief description of the facilities review and nomination process;
    • Name, title, and routine work assignment of the individual nominated;
    • Narrative examples of the nominee’s work practices that show evidence of an understanding of the criteria listed above and exemplifies their practice of individualized, person-directed care;
    • Testimony or comment from residents, family members/council, and peers where available.
    • Facility/residence person & number to contact.

Nomination forms/letters submission EXTENDED and due no later than EOB,

Monday, May 1, 2017, and

FAXed to: RI Generations at  855-848-5187, or E-mailed to: RIGENERATIONS@GMAIL.COM


This year, RI Generations is celebrating its 10th annual symposium and will be presenting the service awards at a special awards banquet and fundraiser for the Imogene Higbie Service Award on Wednesday evening, June 7, 2017, the night before the symposium on Thursday, June 8, 2017.   RI Generations will be sponsoring past award recipients attendance at the banquet in recognition of their ongoing dedication to person-directed care.  We expect it to be a fun and entertaining evening, with recognition awards and guest speakers!


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