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Assisted Living Administration

SKU# 9780826115164

The Knowledge Base, Second Edition

Author: James E. Allen PhD, MSPH, NHA, IP


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Assisted living, the fastest growing residential option, burst upon the American landscape in the late 1980's. These facilities serve persons who no longer are able to live independently and need help with the activities of daily living, but do not need 24-hour nursing care.

James Allen has updated and refined this second edition of Assisted Living Administration to include new information on the Senate Aging Taskforce report of 2003, and the financial shape of the industry. The volume also covers resident care issues, aging theories, as well as new industry data.

This volume is intended as a text for professionals-in-training for certification, in addition to being a resource for the seasoned administrator.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 24, 2004
  • Page Count 560
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826115164
  • EISBN 9780826115089

About The Author(s) 

James E. Allen, PhD, MSPH, NHA, IP, is an associate professor of Health Policy and Administration Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and president of, a national resource website for information on the long-term care field. He has 30-plus years of experience in teaching and conducting research in the field of health care administration. He taught courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in long-term care administration, medical ethics, and the organization and financing of health care delivery in the United States. He has provided legal consultation in long-term care litigation matters across 10 states.

The website (or provides more than 500 pages of state-by-state, up-to-date information on such subjects as:

Becoming a nursing home administrator

Becoming an assisted living administrator

Exploring a career in long-term care

Contacting the state licensing authority in each state

Enrolling in college programs in each state

Obtaining key publications in the long-term care field

Getting continuing education units.

Dr. Allen can be reached via e-mail through the website, or directly at or, or via phone (1-929-815-0387) or fax (1-919-953-6825). Continuing education units for both nursing home and assisted living administrators are also available through the website (

Additional resources from Springer Publishing Company are available to persons preparing to become long-term care administrators :

Nursing Home Federal Requirements and Guidelines to Surveyors , Eighth Edition: A user-friendly rendering of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services nursing home inspection requirements.

Nursing Home Administration , Seventh Edition: The definitive textbook of essential knowledge for obtaining licensure and employment as a nursing home administrator.

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Table of Contents 

    List of Figures
    List of Tables
    Part I: Assisted Living Industry Overview Management, Leadership
  • The Assisted Living Industry: Overview
  • Administrative Tasks That Must Be Performed by the Assisted Living Administrator
  • Forecasting
  • Planning
  • Organizing
  • Staffing
  • Directing
  • Comparing, Controlling Quality
  • Innovating
  • Marketing the Assisted Living Facility

  • Part II: Assisted Living Facility Organizational Patterns; Human Resources
  • Organizational Patterns of the Assisted Living Facility
  • Identifying the Personnel Functions
  • Planning Employment Needs: Writing Job Descriptions
  • Forecasting Future Employment Needs
  • Recruiting Employees
  • Hiring Staff
  • Training Staff
  • Retaining Employees
  • Evaluating Employees
  • Paying Employees
  • Disciplining Employees

  • Part III: Assisted Living Facility Financing, Business Operations
  • Overview: Position of the Assisted Living Industry
  • The Administrator’s Role as Financial Manager
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Two Approaches to Accounting
  • The Two Main Steps in the Accounting Process
  • Putting Financial Statements to Work
  • Additional Accounting Procedures that Help the Administrator Maintain Control Over the Facility
  • The Concept of Depreciation
  • Using “Costs” in Managerial Decisions
  • Budgets and Budgeting
  • Finance

  • Part IV: The Assisted Living Facility Environment: The Long Term Care Continuum Laws and Regulations
  • The Long Term Care Continuum
  • The Social Security Act: Medicare/Medicaid
  • Older Americans Act of 1965
  • Labor and Management: Laws and Regulations
  • Fire Safety: The Life Safety Code
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Accessibility Guidelines for Facilities
  • Nationally Recommended Operating Standards

  • Part V: Assisted Living Facility Resident Care
  • The Assisted Living Environment
  • The Aging Process
  • Theories of Aging
  • The Aging Process as it Relates to Diseases Common to the Assisted Living Facility Population
  • The Scope of Care Issue: Data From 50 States
  • Resident Care Policies: Establishing and Maintaining Quality of Care
  • Health Care Records
  • Pharmaceutical Services
  • Final Observations