This Wednesday, a record 106 participants joined our live Twitter forum to discuss assisted living, a care category that is still fairly new to the industry and as a result is often surrounded by confusion, both among professionals and the general public. Part of the confusion lies in the fact that assisted living communities vary greatly by state in terms of how it is regulated, what services are offered, and what types of payment are accepted.
As the conversation got underway (and quickly, as the analytics reported an impressive average of 5 tweets per person), we soon realized that there is a lot of gray area in assisted living care. However, in true #ElderCareChat fashion, attendees worked through the tough issues and offered terrific suggestions for consumer education and awareness, the areas where advocacy is most needed, and solutions for the challenges mentioned.
The following questions took us through the hour:
Q1. What comes to mind when you hear “assisted living?”
Q2: What myths are out there about this care setting?
Q3: In your experiences in this care setting (personal/professional), what areas need improvement?
Q4: In your experiences in this care setting, what programs/approaches/philosophies were well-developed and successful?
Q5: What should the general public know about assisted living & How can we better educate consumers on choosing a quality community?
Q6: What are the priority issues that consumers should advocate for regarding assisted living care?
Q7: What challenges does the industry face both now and in the future?
Check out these highlights:
Review the wealth of resources, insights and ideas shared here, via the full chat transcript (thanks to @ctffox of The Fox Group for providing this invaluable service). Analytics are available too; click here to see who attended.
Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, August 7th at 1pm ET. Please note that we meet only on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, so there are no more chats in the month of July. Anyone who is interested in and passionate about eldercare issues can join our chat, anytime. Prior participation is not required, nor is there a need to stay for the full hour.
If the “real-time” frame doesn’t sync with your schedule, or if you feel that your question or idea requires well beyond 140 characters, start a discussion thread on our LinkedIn page or use the #eldercarechat hashtag. The LinkedIn group is also a great place to continue previous discussions, connect with those who share similar interests, or talk about the services that you, or the company you represent, have to offer.
You can search for Assisted Living communities on our site: ow.ly/n3SjE. Please share this free resource with anyone you know who may be considering assisted living care!