Residential Care for the Elderly: Critical Issues in Public Policy

Synopsis

Although residential care and assisted living for older adults has expanded rapidly in recent decades, it has done so in a policy environment beset by confusion or conflicting purposes. Baggett traces many of the current problems to insufficient knowledge of the population these policies are designed to serve. In her examination of the frequently neglected interface between policy and people, she provides a comprehensive review of current federal and state policies, a detailed case study of a state residential care program, and an analysis of the needs and characteristics of residential care users. The book links the larger policy issues with an in-depth analysis of residents served and actual services provided.