Environmental Scan of Instruments to Inform Consumer Choice in Assisted Living Facilities


Environmental Scan of Instruments to Inform Consumer Choice in Assisted Living Facilities


This report examines questionnaires, surveys, and other instruments currently used to assess the services and quality of care in assisted living facilities across the United States including consumer-reported instruments, expert observational instruments, and provider-reported tools that evaluate services offered, the physical and cultural environments, staff issues, activities, social support, and contractual issues.

The report includes the following sections:

  • Background and statement of the problem
  • Study purpose and search strategy
  • Assisted living defined
    • Introduction
    • Differences between assisted living and nursing home care
    • Resident characteristics
    • Philosophical framework
    • Aging in place
    • Facility characteristics
    • Services provided in assisted living
  • Tools to help consumers evaluate assisted living facilities
    • Quality monitoring
    • Consumer-oriented information
  • Factors important to consumers when choosing residential care
    • Facility characteristics
    • Staff
    • Services and activities
    • Independence and choice
    • Social factors
    • Resident characteristics
    • Resident’s family satisfaction
  • Overview of instruments used in evaluating residential care
    • Consumer-reported instruments
    • Expert observational instruments
    • Provider-reported instruments
    • Survey methods
    • Survey summary
  • Measures framework, gaps, and overall summary
    • Services
    • Facility environment
    • Summary
  • References
  • Appendix A. Reviewed surveys and tools
  • Appendix B. Detailed description of databases searched with results



Funding Sources:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Release Date: 2006
Original Summary: May 2007
Last Updated: 12/18/13

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