A National Study of Assisted Living for the Frail Elderly: Final Summary Report. Accommodations


Unit Type. A bedroom was the dominant type of resident unit (57 percent) in ALFs; 43 percent of the units were apartments. The most common type of room was a private room with a full bathroom (42 percent of all single rooms). The most common type of apartment was a one-bedroom, single occupancy apartment (41 percent).

Privacy. Most ALFs offered consumers a range of options in terms of private or shared accommodations. Only 27 percent of the facilities had all-private accommodations. A plurality of ALFs (45 percent) had a mix of private and shared units. Slightly more than one-fourth of the ALF administrators (28 percent) reported that the facility had at least one bedroom shared by three or more residents. Although ALFs offered residents a range of options, 73 percent of all resident units were private. Twenty-five percent of the units were semi-private, that is, shared by two unrelated persons. Two percent of resident units were in “ward-type” rooms that housed three or more unrelated persons.

Bathrooms. While nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of the rooms or apartments were private, less than two-thirds (62 percent) of the units offered a private full bathroom (i.e., toilet, sink and shower or tub). An additional 6 percent of the units had a private “half” bath (i.e., toilet and sink). However, one-third (33 percent) of all ALF units required the resident to share a full bathroom.

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