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Quality Assisted Living

SKU# 9780826130341

Informing Practice through Research

Author: Leslie A. Morgan PhD, Ann Christine Frankowski PhD, Erin G. Roth MA, J. Kevin Eckert PhD, Lynn Keimig MHA, Sheryl Zimmerman PhD


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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

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 28, 2011
  • Page Count 264
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826130341
  • EISBN 9780826130358

About The Author(s) 

Leslie A. Morgan

Leslie A. Morgan, PhD , is Co-director of the Gerontology Doctoral Program and Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Morgan has 34 years of experience in teaching and research in aging and has published on a variety of topics, from economic wellbeing and family relationships to assisted living. She has authored or coauthored six books and numerous articles. Dr. Morgan has been principal or co-principal investigator on several NIH-funded studies of life in assisted living, examining the quality of resident experience, social stigma, autonomy and transitions among residents. She is coauthor of Quality Assisted Living: Informing Practice Through Research (Springer Publishing Company, 2011), and coauthor with Dr. Kunkel of all previous editions of Aging, Society, and The Life Course.

Ann Christine Frankowski

Ann Christine Frankowski, Ph.D.,a cultural anthropologist, is Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, UMBC, conducting ethnography at its Center for Aging Studies. She is co-author of Inside Assisted Living and articles on socio-cultural aspects of senior housing.

Erin G. Roth

Erin G. Roth, M.A. is a Senior Research Analyst and ethnographer with the Center for Aging Studies at UMBC. Trained as a folklorist, she worked in the public sector prior to joining the Center in 2004. She is a co-author of Inside Assisted Living and has contributed articles to the Journal of Aging Studies, the Journal of American Folklore, and the Journal of Folklore Research.

Lynn Keimig

Lynn Keimig, MHA, Ph.D. candidate, has worked as Project Coordinator on two studies related to assisted living and currently is part of the research team for two studies, focusing on social stigma in seniors housing and generativity in later life, in the Center for Aging Studies at UMBC. Her own research focuses on family structure and advance care planning.

Sheryl Zimmerman

Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor and Director of Aging Research, School of Social Work; and Co-Director, Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Zimmerman has been a consulting social worker in nursing homes and assisted living. She has led widely-disseminated research on quality of care and quality of life, involving thousands of long-term care residents and the family and staff who provide their care.

J. Kevin Eckert

J. Kevin Eckert, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at UMBC. An affiliate of the Center for Aging Studies, he has been a lead investigator on several studies and published widely on topic relating to the lived experience of older adult living in age restricted housing and care settings. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Table of Contents 



1. Quality in Assisted Living: Hearing Residents' Voices

2. The Everyday Experience of Quality in a "Soft Institution"

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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