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

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of aging & social policy
Publication Date
Volume
17
Issue
3
Pages
19–37
Identifiers
PMID: 16219592
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

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.

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