Assisted living has been in evolution for decades, and now more than ever, providers must address the quality of their services and care in light of variations across settings, increased resident acuity, and changes spurred by health care reform. In response, the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL) funded researchers from the University of… Read more »
The Toolkit for Person-Centeredness in Assisted Living was developed through a close partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the national Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL), along with assisted living providers, residents, family members, and organizational representatives. Available for free download, the Toolkit includes questionnaires to be completed by assisted living… Read more »
Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-term Care work highlighted in themed journal issue about nursing home culture change
A February 2014 supplemental issue of The Gerontologist entitled Transforming Nursing Home Culture: Evidence for Practice and Policy features several articles by Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD, Philip Sloane, MD, MPH, David Reed, PhD, Lauren Cohen, MA and colleagues. The issue addresses the culture change movement in nursing homes, and provides evidence for future practice and policies… Read more »
Study to evaluate Mouth Care Without a Battle finds that as little as 8 weeks of mouth care can significantly improve oral hygiene outcomes
Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-term Care team members Philip Sloane, Sheryl Zimmerman, Lauren Cohen, and David Reed have published the results of a pilot study to evaluate the Mouth Care Without a Battle training program. Findings indicate that as few as 8 weeks of mouth care can significantly improve oral hygiene outcomes in older… Read more »
New recommendations have been issued by key stakeholders regarding the future of public reporting for assisted living and similar non-nursing home residential care.
Mouth Care Without a Battle© is an evidence-based approach to person-centered daily mouth care for persons with cognitive and physical impairment.
Therapeutic Environment Screening Survey For Nursing Homes (TESS-NH) The TESS-NH is an observational instrument that gathers systematic data on the physical environment of a long-term care facility. The TESS-NH contains over 80 specific items measuring characteristics that are believed to be of importance to persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. The TESS-NH was designed… Read more »
A Manual for Community-Based Participatory Research: Using Research to Improve Practice and Inform Policy in Assisted Living-Based Participatory Research
In partnership with the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL), researchers in the Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care are announcing publication of a first-of-its-kind manual to improving practices and informing policies in assisted living communities through the use of a collaborative method of research – community-based participatory research (CBPR). A Manual for… Read more »