A National Study of Assisted Living for the Frail Elderly: Final Summary Report. Does the Environment of ALFs Match the Philosophy of Assisted Living?


The answer to this question is mixed. On the one hand, residents of ALFs had considerably more privacy and choice than residents of most nursing homes and the majority of board and care homes. On the other hand, there was significant variability within the assisted living industry, and a substantial segment of the industry provided environments that did not appear consistent with the environmental aspects of the assisted living philosophy.

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