The intent of the National Study of Assisted Living for the Frail Elderly is to determine where "assisted living" fits in the continuum of long term care and to examine its potential for meeting the needs of a growing population of elderly persons with disabilities. Within this broad objective, the study will address several specific goals, including:
- To identify trends in demand for and supply of assisted living facilities;
- To identify barriers to the development of assisted living and supply-demand factors that contribute to those barriers.
In addition, the study has further descriptive and "evaluative" goals:
- To determine the extent to which the current supply matches the central philosophical and environmental tenets embodied in the concept of "assisted living" and to describe the key characteristics of the universe of assisted living facilities; and
- To examine the effect of key features, particularly source, mix and privacy, on selected outcomes, including resident satisfaction, autonomy, affordability, and the potential to provide nursing-home level of care.