Assisted Living: Needs, Practices, and Policies in Residential Care for the Elderly

Assisted Living: Needs, Practices, and Policies in Residential Care for the Elderly


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With the number of elderly persons needing long-term care expected to double to 14 million over the next two decades, assisted living has become the popular choice for housing or care. Assisted living represents a promising model of long-term care that blurs the sharp distinction between nursing homes and community-based care and reduces the gap between receiving long-term care in one's own home and in an "institution."

Assisted Living: Needs, Practices, and Policies in Residential Care for the Elderly examines the evolving field of residential care and focuses on national issues of regulation, reimbursement, and staffing. The book is based on a four-state study of assisted living facilities and describes the facilities, the persons residing in them and their needs, and how the services vary by facility. Because one-third to two-thirds of residents in assisted living facilities have cognitive impairment, special attention is devoted to dementia care. The book also focuses on how today's long-term health care environment evolved, and it examines the future direction and implications of assisted living.

Assisted Living: Needs, Practices, and Policies in Residential Care for the Elderly brings together a group of nationally recognized experts to help define the types of residential care that should be encouraged and sets guidelines for selecting an appropriate type of facility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801867057
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2001
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.24(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sheryl Zimmerman, Ph.D., is an associate professor, School of Social Work, and co-director and senior research fellow of the Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; she has conducted numerous research projects directly studying nearly ten thousand residents of long-term care settings and has published widely. Philip D. Sloane, M.D., M.P.H., a geriatrician with broad clinical background in long-term care, is Elizabeth and Oscar Goodwin Distinguished Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-author of the text Dementia Units in Long-Term Care. J. Kevin Eckert, Ph.D., widely recognized as a leading expert on board and care, is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as well as a co-author of the text Small Board-and-Care Homes: Residential Care in Transition.

Table of Contents


Foreword, M. Powell Lawton


List of Contributors

Introduction, Catherine Hawes

Part I. Key Topics in Assisted Living

1. State Policy and Regulations, Robert L. Mollica

2. Residential Care/Assisted Living in the Changing Health Care Environment, Michael A. Nolin and Robert L. Mollica

3. Creating a Therapeutic Environment: Lessons from Northern European Models, Victor A. Regnier and Anne Copeland Scot

t4. Staffing Problems and Strategies in Assisted Living, R. Tamara Hodlewsky

5. African American Use of Residential Care in North Carolina, Elizabeth J. Mutran, S. Sudha, Peter Reed, Manoj Menon, and Tejas Desai

Part II. Diversity in Profile: Assisted Living in Four States

6. An Overview of the Collaborative Studies of Long-Term Care, Sheryl Zimmerman, Philip D. Sloane, J. Kevin Eckert, Verita Custis Buie, Joan F. Walsh, Gary Grove Koch, and J. Richard Hebel

7. Resident Characteristics, Leslie A. Morgan, Ann L. Gruber-Baldini, and Jay Magaziner

8. The Physical Environment, Philip D. Sloane and Sheryl Zimmerman

9. The Process of Care, Sheryl Zimmerman, J. Kevin Eckert, and Judith B. Wildfire

10. Aging in Place, Shulamit L. Bernard, Sheryl Zimmerman, and J. Kevin Eckert

11. Care for Persons with Dementia, Philip D. Sloane, Sheryl Zimmerman, and Marcia G. Ory

12. Economics and Financing, Sally C. Stearns and Leslie A. Morgan

13. Connectedness in Residential Care: A Qualitative Perspective, J. Kevin Eckert, Sheryl Zimmerman, and Leslie A. Morgan

Part III. Future Directions in Assisted Living

Emerging Issues in Residential Care/Assisted Living, Sheryl Zimmerman, Philip D. Sloane, and J. Kevin Eckert


What People are Saying About This

Richard Bennett

"In bringing together and analyzing a large amount of data concerning the status of assisted living and the changing nature of long-term care in the United States—based upon the editors' soundly designed, multi-state study—this volume makes an original and substantial contribution to the field. This book will appeal to health care planners and policy makers, as well as to students and teachers in gerontology."

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