What do potential residents need to know about assisted living facility type? The trade-off between autonomy and help with more complex needs

Mark D. Thomas, Marylou Guihan, Floss Mambourg

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Abstract

The current study surveyed 74 assisted living facilities to examine the effect of facility type on resident autonomy and the willingness of providers to admit residents requiring complex services. Facility types included adult family homes, residential care facilities, and traditional assisted living facilities. Adult family homes were more willing to admit residents with higher care needs. By contrast, assisted living facilities' policies did not support the provision of intensive services, but their policies promoted higher resident autonomy, suggesting that consumers may have to choose between autonomy and help with complex needs when exploring assisted living for long-term care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-124
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Housing for the Elderly
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

Keywords

  • Assisted living
  • Autonomy
  • Long-term care
  • Residential care facilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Public Administration
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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