Survey of Residents and Families Shows Positive Impact Assisted Living Has On Seniors’ Quality of Life
Santa Rosa, CA – As part of its recognition of Assisted Living Week, September 11-17, Oakmont Senior Living today released the results of a recent study conducted by global market research firm ProMatura on the impact that assisted living has on the overall well-being of residents.
This study affirms the positive role assisted living is having on seniors’ quality of life and shows that the Assisted Living care model promotes overall well-being. Both residents and family members responded that assisted living is helping to preserve the things that are most important to maintaining a strong sense of self even as seniors enter a new phase of life. According to Dr. Margaret Wylde, PhD, ProMatura’s President and CEO, “The things that influence quality of life don’t change over time. The setting may change but what people need for emotional well-being remains the same. Significantly, the study we recently concluded makes it clear that, even as residents face the physical challenges of aging, they can – and do – enjoy a good quality of life when they feel safe, have control in their lives, are recognized and part of a caring community. Those are the things assisted living fosters.”
The study, commissioned by the California Assisted Living Association (CALA), of which Oakmont Senior Living is a member, was based on responses to questions that were identity- and life-based rather than event-based. Questions were designed to determine whether residents felt a sense of belonging, and whether or not they experienced a sense of control over their lives. Belonging and control, according to researchers, create the most telling picture of the role assisted living is playing in a senior’s quality of life. The results were compiled during February 2016 from 8,312 California assisted living residents and family members, representing 228 CALA-member communities ranging in size from less than 50 units to more than 125 units.
To find a complete copy of the study results and analysis, please visit www.CAassistedliving.org. A summary of survey results follows:
SUMMARY OF SURVEY RESPONSES
Sense of Belonging
In assisted living, quality of life is highly dependent on relationships, a sense of belonging and residents’ sense of security. As such, researchers asked residents and their families about their interactions with staff members and other residents in assisted living, their comfort level with people in their communities, and their sense of safety and security.
Results showed the following:
- 98% of residents say staff members in their assisted living community are friendly.
- 98% of family members say staff members in their loved one’s community are friendly.
- 99% of family members of residents in memory care say staff members in their loved one’s community are friendly.
- 93% of residents have successfully made friends with other residents.
- 95% of residents are comfortable with the people who work and reside in their communities.
- 92% of family members believe their loved one is comfortable with the people in their assisted living community.
- 90% of family members of residents in memory care indicated that they are comfortable with people in their loved one’s community.
- 95% of residents believe they are safe and secure in assisted living.
- 96% of resident family members believe their loved one is safe and secure in their assisted living community.
- 97% of memory care resident family members believe their loved one is safe and secure in their assisted living community.
Sense of Control
A second factor that is critical factor for quality of life is the sense of control. As such, residents and family members were asked about factors that contribute to a sense of control in their lives. Results showed the following:
- 91% of residents feel they have choices in their daily life.
- 89% of family members believe their loved one has choices in their daily life.
- 94% of residents believe they receive the help they need.
- 92% of resident family members believe their loved one is receiving the help they need within their community.
- 93% of family members of residents in memory care indicated that their loved one receives the help they need within their community.
- 93% of residents believe staff members they interact with in their assisted living community are skilled at doing their jobs.
- 93% of family members believe staff members are skilled at doing their jobs.
- 96% of family members of residents in memory care indicated that staff members at their loved one’s community are skilled at doing their jobs.
- 94% of residents believe they have privacy when they want it.
- 93% of family members believe their loved one has privacy when they want it.
- 90% of family members of residents in memory care believe their loved one has privacy when they want it.
Quality of Life—Indicators of Desirability of Assisted Living Model
Researchers also asked residents and family members if, based on their experiences with assisted living, they would recommend the care model to others. Results showed the following:
- 89% of residents indicated that they would recommend their assisted living community to a friend.
- 90% of family members would recommend their loved one’s community to a friend.
- 94% of family members would recommend their loved one’s memory care community to a friend and 90% indicated they were satisfied with the quality of life their loved one had in assisted living.
“This study reveals the positive impact that California assisted living and memory care communities are having in the lives of residents,” said Sally Michael, CALA President. “While assisted living was once thought of primarily as a way for residents to get help with the physical aspects of aging, it is clear that assisted living and memory care communities are not only meeting day-to-day needs but significantly contributing to quality of life. We are so proud of the positive contributions our member communities are making in the lives of California’s seniors.”