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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Assisted Living Settings

Assisted Living Settings

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(p.677) 61 Assisted Living Settings
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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging
Author(s):

Sheryl Zimmerman

Jean Munn

Terry Koenig

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.003.0061

Assisted living (AL) is a term applied to a wide array of residential facilities for older adults. In the broadest sense, AL includes all group residential programs not licensed as nursing homes, which provide personal care in activities of daily living and can respond to unscheduled needs for assistance. In a more restrictive sense, it refers to the values underlying the manner in which that care is provided. Thus, AL has come to refer to both a setting of long-term care that combines housing and supportive services in a homelike environment, and a distinct philosophy of residential care provision. This chapter discusses assisted living as a setting and a philosophy of care, assisted living regulation, assisted living funding, issues in assisted living, and the social worker in assisted living.

Keywords:   assisted living, non-nursing home care, residential care, aging, elderly, social work practice

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