Provider dilemmas with relocation in assisted living: Philosophy vs. practice

Donna J. Munroe*, Marylou Guihan

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Support for increasing tenant frailty in assisted living (AL) is a complex and challenging issue. Philosophically, older persons, families, providers, and policymakers want to avoid unnecessary relocation. However, there is considerable opportunity for inconsistency in practice. We examined provider perspectives related to implementing aging-in-place, using information obtained from an evaluation of a three-year AL demonstration project in Illinois. We found differences in approaches to explicit move-out criteria, the actual application of move-out criteria, and provider willingness to develop flexible service plans. These findings raise questions for consideration in all states confronted with implementing the philosophy and intent of AL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-37
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005


  • Aging-in-place
  • Assessment
  • Assisted living policy
  • Eligibility
  • Regulation
  • Relocation
  • Service plan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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