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Quality Assisted Living: Informing Practice through Research
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Considering that seventy-four million baby boomers will be the next generation of assisted living residents, there is a great need to create, sustain, and evaluate quality in these settings. Whereas most books focus on quality of care, this is the only volume to explicitly delve into the lives of those who inhabit assisted living facilities, seeking to understand and evaluate their perceived ideas of what constitutes quality of life. Quality Assisted Living provides results from a National Institute on Aging-funded study that gathered information from not only residents, but also staff and family members, who are considered experts who can better help us to understand how quality should be conceived and evaluated. The volume addresses the complexities underlying seemingly clear cut issues and provides concrete suggestions for reframing problems in order to find better solutions. Plentiful stories and quotations are used to identity those elements of assisted living that are most conducive to a satisfying quality of life, and address how this research has led to a consideration of quality as a process rather than as a single condition. Key Features Employs the views and voices of research participants Provides down-to-earth and directly applicable results Written in a language that is accessible to a wide readership Describes complex social situation within the wall of AL Examines issues arising from collective living such as regulations, financing and diverse resident needs Uses real life stories to illustrate key points of the narrative

Leslie A. Morgan, PhD, is Associate Dean at the Erickson School of Aging Studies, Codirector of the Gerontology Doctoral Program, and Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Morgan has 27 years of experience in teaching and research in aging and has published on a variety of topics, from economic well-being and family relationships to assisted living. She has authored or coauthored three books and numerous articles. Dr. Morgan has been principal or coprincipal investigator on several NIH-funded studies of life in assisted living, examining the quality of resident experience and transitions among residents, along with her coauthors of this book. ||J. Kevin Eckert, PhD, Dean and Professor, Erickson School of Aging Studies, UMBC widely recognized as a leading expert on board and care, as well as a co-author of the text Small Board-and-Care Homes: Residential Care in Transition. |Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD, Professor, School of Social Work, Co-Director, Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has conducted numerous research projects directly studying nearly ten thousand residents of long-term care settings and has published widely. |Ann Christine Frankowski, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Erickson School, Center for Aging Studies, UMBC; Adjunct Assistant professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, UMBC|Erin Gianella Roth, MA, Ethnographer, Senior Research Analyst, Stigma and the Cultural Context of Residential Settings for the Elderly and Stakeholders Models of Quality in Assisted Living, Center for Aging Studies, UMBC|Leanne J. Clark, MGS, PhD , Doctoral Program in Gerontology, UMBC

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