University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Today, 75 million baby boomers are poised to become the next generation of assisted living residents. The sheer size of this population emphasizes the importance of creating, sustaining and evaluating quality in these settings to ensure that elders can access housing that fits their wants and needs. With this in mind, a team of researchers at the UMBC Center for Aging Studies has published “Quality Assisted Living: Informing Practice through Research” (Springer 2011).
This innovate volume is unique in its approach—explicitly delving into the lives of those who inhabit assisted living facilities, seeking to understand and evaluate their perceptions of what constitutes quality of life. The book also includes staff and family member perspectives, collected through interviews by authors Leslie A. Morgan, Ann Christine Frankowski, Erin G. Roth, Lynn Keimig, Sheryl Zimmerman and J. Kevin Eckert, chair of UMBC’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Looking for a high quality assisted living facility can be a stressful experience for older adults and their families. Co-author Leslie Morgan notes the challenge starts when we ask, “What is high quality?” In a preview video introducing the book, Morgan suggests a more helpful question would be: “What facility would best meet the individual personality and needs of my loved one?”
“Quality Assisted Living” provides accessible discussion of assisted living topics ranging from dining preferences to housing regulations to financial issues. Grounded in rigorous qualitative research funded by the National Institute on Aging, and conveying residents’ own words, the book is of interest to popular and academic audiences alike.