A recently published study involving researchers from UMBC’s Center for Aging Studies found that assisted living facilities and nursing homes should evaluate certain processes and features that can often lead residents to feel stigmatized.
Center for Aging Studies researchers Erin Roth, Susan Goldman, Amanda Peeples and Brandy Wallace conducted the study along with researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of South Florida, Tampa. Their findings were recently published in The Gerontologist.
A June 27th article published in McKnight’s, a news magazine for long-term care providers, highlighted the research findings and their impact on decision making at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Below is an excerpt from the article:
“The findings were based on a total of about 250 interviews with residents, staff and family members of five senior living communities. Four had both assisted living and skilled nursing settings, and transitions between these settings is another trouble area identified by the investigators.”
“Whether individuals are drawn to a multilevel setting because it allows for transitional care without moving to a new campus, or in response to the less intense level of care (without giving thought to the other levels), the reality is that transitions within multilevel settings are more challenging than most anticipate,” the authors wrote.
To read the article in McKnight’s, click here. You can read the study published in The Gerontologist by clicking here.