This study examines and compares activity of residents of assisted living settings and nursing home facilities in Oregon over a one-year period (N = 125 residents at baseline). Residents in assisted living tended to report significantly higher activity when compared to nursing home residents over time, but considerable variability in activity also existed across settings. The philosophy governing assisted living in Oregon, with its emphasis on resident independence, privacy, and normal life styles may have enabled residents to maintain more active affiliations, relationships, and interest, thus promoting role continuity.
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This research was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation under its initiative, Transforming Systems of Care for People with Chronic Illness. The AARP-Andrus Foundation under a grant to the International Assisted Living Foundation and the University of Minnesota also supported the analyses reported here.
- Long-term care
- Quality of life
- Social activity