Health Care Delivery
A consumer's ability to make an informed choice when selecting an assisted living facility is compromised by the differences in philosophy, services, and accommodations offered by various "assisted living" facilities.
Compiled by Westat Inc., this report examines the questionnaires, surveys, and other instruments currently in use to assess the services and quality of care in assisted living facilities across the United States. These tools include consumer-reported instruments, expert observational instruments, and provider-reported tools that evaluate services offered, the physical and cultural environments, staff issues, activities, social support, and contractual issues.
Because long-term care has evolved since an of Institute of Medicine report, this research report examines the characteristics of adult long-term care users. In analyzing the care, the report distinguishes between community-based and institutional care and also the age of recipients.
Detecting and promptly reporting changes in a nursing home resident's condition are critical for ensuring the resident's well-being and safety. Such changes may represent a patient safety problem, and they can be a signal that the resident is at increased risk for falling and other complications. Training nursing home staff—particularly nursing staff—to be on the lookout for changes in a nursing home resident's condition and to effectively communicate those changes is one tool nursing home administrators can employ to improve patient safety, create a more resident-centered environment, and reduce the number of falls and fall-related injuries.