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A new survey reveals residents of assisted living communities across the nation are largely very happy with the services they receive, the care and attention of the staff, the quality of life they achieve by living within those community settings. I personally have found, in my work as a senior move manager, this to be true for my clients as well when I check in on them a few months after their move. So often they tell me they wish they had not put off the move as long as they had. They would not have been so ambivalent had they known the kind of happiness and contentedness that was still available to them in the golden years. If you are the adult child of an older adult who is on the fence, please share this article with them.
These are the ﬁndings of an independent survey commissioned this month by the Assisted Living Federation of America and conducted by two independent third-party pollsters.
2013 Survey of Assisted Living Residents
Seniors in assisted living overwhelmingly feel safe in, and satisfied with, the communities in which they live, according to a new poll. The nationwide survey of seniors currently living in assisted living communities found that fully 93% feel satisfied with their community, including 68% who say they are “very satisfied.” The survey also found residents almost unanimously feel safe in their communities, with 99% of respondents reporting they feel safe.
“Every morning, close to a million American seniors wake up in their assisted living community, have an active and engaging day in a safe, independent and social environment, and go to sleep that night eager to greet a new day,” said Rick Grimes, President of the Assisted Living Federation of America. “That fact may not make for a sensational headline, but it’s the reality of assisted living.”
The survey of 500 seniors living in assisted living communities found widespread satisfaction for almost every aspect of life in their communities.
- 94% of assisted living residents say they are satisfied with their overall quality of life in their assisted living community.
- 93% of assisted living residents say they are satisfied with the level of personal independence they enjoy in their community.
- 93% of assisted living residents say they are satisfied with the level of personal attention paid to them by staff.
- 90% of assisted living residents say they are satisfied with the overall quality of care they receive.
- 87% of assisted living residents say the workers in their community are well trained and well qualified to do their job.
- 86% of assisted living residents say the workers in their community “care about me as a person.”
By an 8-1 margin, assisted living residents agree with the following statement: “Assisted living communities are an excellent choice for seniors who want to live active, independent lives, but may just need a little help now and then. Assisted living communities have a professional and caring staff that provides a safe ‘home away from home’ for residents. There are ample rules and regulations in place to ensure residents remain safe and are well taken care of. Residents living in assisted living communities enjoy a healthy and high quality of life.”
“What matters most to us is what our residents think, so we went out and asked them,” continued Grimes. “And what we found confirmed what we already knew: Assisted living is absolutely the best, safest and most satisfying senior living option for seniors who cherish their independence but just need some extra help. The true story of assisted living won’t be found in sensational news reports. It’s found in the everyday stories of our residents, and the safe, happy and active lives they lead every single day.”