Quality Assisted Living: Informing Practice through Research

Quality Assisted Living: Informing Practice through Research

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Doody's Medical Reviews Score: 92, 4 Stars!

"[This book] is well written and achieves its aim of exploring the meaning of quality from a range of perspectives. It has a welcome focus on the views of residents, and the authors are to be congratulated for the efforts they have made to capture these views...This book will be of interest to a broad audience in relation to AL and other residential care settings, including managers, commissioners, care staff, researchers, students and also the wider public."--Ageing&Society

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826130358
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 379 KB

About the Author

Danny Wedding earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hawaii in 1979 and completed a post-doctoral year of training in behavioral medicine and clinical neuropsychology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Wedding directed the neuropsychology services at the medical schools of East Tennessee State University and Marshall University before serving as a legislative aid to Senator Tom Daschle and Congressman John Conyers. Since 1991, Dr. Wedding has served as a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, a health policy, research, and training center affiliated with the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He is the author or editor of 12 books including Current Psychotherapies, Movies and Mental Illness, and Behavior and Medicine. He is the current editor of PsycCRITIQUES: Contemporary Psychology - APA Review of Books.

Glen E. Getz received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 2003. Afterwards, he completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital under the supervision of Michael Franzen. He is currently as clinical neuropsychologist at Allegheny General Hospital as well as an assistant professor at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

Table of Contents




1. Quality in Assisted Living: Hearing Residentsí Voices

2. The Everyday Experience of Quality in a ìSoft Institutionî

3. A Culture of Caring

4. Hidden Complexity: Food and Dining in Assisted Living

5. Autonomy in Assisted Living

6. External Constraints: Regulations, Rules, and Financial Realities

7. Broadening Our Perspectives on Quality: Change Over Time in the Quality Balance

8. Moving Toward Quality Balance: Lessons Learned From Resi-dents

Appendix: Research Methods Used for the Study



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