Aging, Autonomy and Architecture: Advances in Assisted Living / Edition 1

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Overview

With the aging of the population, increasing numbers of people will need some type of assistance to maintain their independence. One of the fastest-growing options in long-term care is assisted living, a residential model of living arrangements that strives to combine housing and supportive services in a less-institutional facility. Assisted living arrangements usually offer individuals or couples private units that consist of a bedroom with bathing facilities and small cooking area. Residents also have access to a full-service dining room, a health clinic, and a variety of other spaces for recreational and social activities.

In Aging, Autonomy, and Architecture, Benyamin Schwarz and Ruth Brent bring together many of the leading researchers and practitioners in the field to examine various aspects of the design and function of assisted living facilities. Concentrating on those characteristics that foster autonomy, the contributors offer case examples that bridge the gap between theory and practice. They comment on issues that include health care, the special needs of assisted living for persons with dementia, the importance of marketing and management, and the design of culturally sensitive facilities. The book will be a valuable resource for researchers, designers, and policy makers, as well as for students in gerontology and in architecture.

Contributors: Janice E. Barnes, Ruth Brent, Pamela Z. Cacchione, Margaret P. Calkins, Daniel J. Cinelli, Uriel Cohen, Jacquelyn Frank, Stephen M. Golant, J. David Hoglund, Rachel Kaplan, Carol L. Kershner, Stefani D. Ledewitz, John P. Marsden, Keith Diaz Moore, John E. Morley, Leon A. Pastalan, Victor Regnier, Carmel Roques,Benyamin Schwarz, Gregory J. Scott, Cynthia D. Steele, Ronald K. Tinsley, Martin S. Valins, Kenneth E. Warren, Gerald D. Weisman, and John Zeisel

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Reviewer: Jane Bostick, RN, MSN (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Description: This book is a collection of scholarly writings about various aspects of the design and function of assisted living facilities.
Purpose: The editors link the themes of aging, autonomy, and architecture from the physical, social, commercial, cultural, clinical, and psychological perspectives. They describe the attributes of an environment that promotes wellness and suggest adjustments that support residents as they age.
Audience: This book is written for professionals involved in the care of the aging resident such as assisted living specialists, gerontologists, designers, and students in gerontology and architecture. It is an excellent reference for administrators, nurses, social workers, researchers, and policy makers.
Features: The ideal or "best practices" of the assisted living model, the reality of the industry, and the future trends that will influence assisted living in the U.S. are presented. Research that focuses on life stories of frail elders, the importance of personal rituals and cultural sensitivity in residential settings, and the quality of life for persons with Alzheimer's disease is described. Both provider and consumer perspectives are presented, including the basic elements of dementia care in an assisted-living setting, problems associated with frail elders in an assisted-living arrangement, and the consumer perspective of "homelike" versus "home." Theory and practice are integrated as practicing architects and theoreticians describe the challenges of creating safe housing arrangements for the frail elderly that allow for autonomy and individual choice.
Assessment: The contributors offer valuable perspectives from various disciplines using case examples and pictures to illustrate design features that foster autonomy and meet the special needs of persons with dementia. This book is an excellent addition to the literature as it provides theoretical and practical evidence of the benefits of assisted living. The editors describe the current theory and practice of assisted living settings tailored to meet individual needs in a residential and normalized setting.
Jane Bostick
This book is a collection of scholarly writings about various aspects of the design and function of assisted living facilities. The editors link the themes of aging, autonomy, and architecture from the physical, social, commercial, cultural, clinical, and psychological perspectives. They describe the attributes of an environment that promotes wellness and suggest adjustments that support residents as they age. This book is written for professionals involved in the care of the aging resident such as assisted living specialists, gerontologists, designers, and students in gerontology and architecture. It is an excellent reference for administrators, nurses, social workers, researchers, and policy makers. The ideal or ""best practices"" of the assisted living model, the reality of the industry, and the future trends that will influence assisted living in the U.S. are presented. Research that focuses on life stories of frail elders, the importance of personal rituals and cultural sensitivity in residential settings, and the quality of life for persons with Alzheimer's disease is described. Both provider and consumer perspectives are presented, including the basic elements of dementia care in an assisted-living setting, problems associated with frail elders in an assisted-living arrangement, and the consumer perspective of ""homelike"" versus ""home."" Theory and practice are integrated as practicing architects and theoreticians describe the challenges of creating safe housing arrangements for the frail elderly that allow for autonomy and individual choice. The contributors offer valuable perspectives from various disciplines using case examples and pictures to illustrate design featuresthat foster autonomy and meet the special needs of persons with dementia. This book is an excellent addition to the literature as it provides theoretical and practical evidence of the benefits of assisted living. The editors describe the current theory and practice of assisted living settings tailored to meet individual needs in a residential and normalized setting.
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This collection of 16 essays explores the design aspects of assisted living facilities with an eye towards fostering greater autonomy among residents. Case examples that attempt to bridge both theory and practice are offered. Issues commented upon include health care, the needs of residents with dementia, the importance of marketing and management, and the design of culturally sensitive facilities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801860331
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Services
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 311
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Benyamin Schwarz is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Design at University of Missouri-Columbia. Ruth Brent is a professor and the chair of the Department of Environmental Design at University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction
Pt. I Idealism and Realism
Ch. 1 The Definition and Evolution of Assisted Living within a Changing System of Long-Term Care 3
Ch. 2 Assisted Living: The Current State of Affairs 21
Ch. 3 The Promise of Assisted Living as a Shelter and Care Alternative for Frail American Elders: A Cautionary Essay 32
Pt. II Attributes of Place and Behaviors of People
Ch. 4 Gerontopia: A Place to Grow Old and Die 63
Ch. 5 Personal Rituals: Identity, Attachment to Place, and Community Solidarity 81
Ch. 6 Integrating Cultural Heritage into Assisted-Living Environments 90
Ch. 7 Life-Quality Alzheimer Care in Assisted Living 110
Ch. 8 Models for Environmental Assessment 130
Pt. III The Provision and Consumption of Care
Ch. 9 Dementia Care in Assisted Living: A Case Study of Copper Ridge 143
Ch. 10 Primary Care in Assisted Living: A Geriatrician's Perspective 156
Ch. 11 "I Live Here, but It's Not My Home": Residents' Experiences in Assisted Living 166
Pt. IV Design: Who Cares?
Ch. 12 Assisted Living: An Evolving Place Type 185
Ch. 13 Communicating Homeyness from the Outside: Elderly People's Perceptions of Assisted Living 207
Ch. 14 Designing to Meet the Needs of People with Alzheimer's Disease 229
Ch. 15 Place Makes a Difference: A Case Study in Assisted Living 262
Ch. 16 Hospice: A Case Study Making a Difference 278
Epilogue: Emerging Themes, Further Reflections 291
Index 307
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