If you watched the recent PBS special “Life and Death in Assisted Living,” which cast a dark shadow on assisted living, you’re probably desperate for some good news about that particular senior housing option. Not only does SFL blogger Michelle Seitzer offer helpful insight in her post Assisted Living Under Attack, but we have also found a new survey that reveals high levels of satisfaction among assisted living residents.
According to the independent survey commissioned by the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) and conducted by two independent third-party pollsters last month, more than 90 percent of assisted living residents feel safe, satisfied, and personally independent in their communities.
More specifically, 94 percent of the 500 assisted living residents surveyed said they are satisfied with their overall quality of life in assisted living, and 91 percent said they are safer in an assisted living community than they would be on their own.
Residents also gave high marks to assisted living staff, saying they are confident in the abilities and caring nature of those working in their communities. In fact, 87 percent of residents said the workers in their community are well trained and well qualified to do their jobs, and 86 percent of residents said the workers in their community “care about me as a person.”
“What matters most to us is what our residents think, so we went out and asked them,” says ALFA president and CEO Richard Grimes. “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.”