Researchers at George Mason University crunched data provided by the Centers for Disease Control to find out just what are the major differences among residents of the largest and smallest assisted living communities across the nation.

It’s important to recognize we are not drawing conclusions on the quality of care between communities of different sizes,” said Andrew Carle, executive-in-residence and director of the program in Senior Housing Administration, which designed and completed the study. “The care required by an older adult with chronic conditions and those who are younger, dealing with severe mental illness or a developmental disability, or those afflicted with Alzheimer’s, is simply different. What we now know is these specialty populations are being more frequently served within the nation’s smaller communities.”

Among key findings of the data analyzed by George Mason from the CDC’s 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities:

“There is overwhelming evidence that assisted living is improving quality of life for seniors,” said President and CEO Rick Grimes with the Assisted Living Federation of America, which sponsored the study. “We see this in the rapid growth in communities nationally and in numerous surveys indicating 90%-plus satisfaction among residents and family members. But there is also a need to document what the populations in these communities look like in order to ensure the right resident is receiving the right services to match their needs.”

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Read the survey summary: Study Highlights Differences Among Residents in the Nation’s Largest and Smallest Assisted Living Communities.

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