State Assisted Living Policy: 1998. Overview of the Study Design


ASPE's approach to this study includes the following activities:

  • We will select and interview a purposive sample of lenders, developers and multi-facility owners.

  • We are conducting annual surveys of all state licensing agencies involved in assisted living, as well as of Medicaid agencies that provide funding for assisted living.

  • The study will draw a national probability sample of facilities. This will allow us to generalize our findings and make valid estimates about the status of assisted living facilities across the nation.

  • Using this sample, the study will describe the key characteristics of places holding themselves out to be "assisted living" facilities, based on a telephone survey of about 2,500 facilities.

  • We will also conduct a more in-depth telephone survey of about 200 facilities. In addition, we will select a sample of about 450 facilities that will be visited, with in-person interviews with administrators, staff and residents.

  • We also plan to interview families of residents with cognitive impairment and to conduct follow-up interviews at six months with residents who have been discharged or otherwise exited the facility.

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