Senate Releases Assisted Living Report

By Kleyman, Paul | Aging Today, May/June 2003 | Go to article overview

Senate Releases Assisted Living Report


Kleyman, Paul, Aging Today


In spite of the "untidy" process, "it was an honest good-faith effort by all," stated Stephen McConnell, vice president of the Alzheimer's Association, Washington, D.C.

"The report needs to be disseminated widely to state leaders," said Robert L. Mollica, senior program director of the National Academy for Policy, Portland, Maine, Yet, he noted, "despite 18 months of hard work by numerous individuals, unanimous agreement was not possible but I doubt anyone expected it."

McConnell and Mollica spoke at an April 29 hearing of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging the committee's release of the 381-page "Final Report" of the Assisted Living Workgroup. The report is the product of 18 months' work by representatives of nearly 50 organizations, such as industry groups and consumer advocates, which are concerned about the disparate state regulations governing the estimated 30,000 assisted living facilities across the United States. Not only the does the report include 110 recommendation covering everything from staffing levels to medication to management to affordability, but it also lists 21 proposals that failed to garner the necessary two-thirds vote of member groups to be counted among the official recommendations.

AN UNUSUAL APPROACH

"Nothing like this has been available before," stated Stephen McConnell, who was a key participant in the workgroup's steering committee of 13 organizations. He stressed that the Senate committee's unusual approach "has helped to move the debate forward and will contribute to improvements in policies and practices affecting the assisted living industry and ultimately to better care for those in assisted living."

McConnell explained, "The work-group's report is not a set of regulations to be adopted word for word by states." Rather, he went on, "it is a detailed set of recommendations about what assisted living should look like-what it should be." He said the report will be a valuable resource in policy discussions at the federal, state and local levels.

Noting that 40%-60% of all assisted living residents have dementia-a number that "will only grow as current residents in place"-McConnell said the Alzheimer's Association is especially pleased to see recommendations on the list calling for certain requirements, such as training all assisted living staff in recognizing the signs and symptoms of possible dementia in their residents, and protecting residents from danger, especially residents with unsafe wandering behaviors.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Senate Releases Assisted Living Report
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.