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.” This innovate volume explicitly delves into the lives of those who inhabit assisted living facilities, seeking to understand their perceptions of what constitutes quality of life.
Looking for a high quality assisted living facility can be a stressful experience for older adults and their families. Co-author Leslie Morgan, professor of sociology and co-director of the UMB/UMBC Gerontology Doctoral Program, 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.