ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seniors in assisted living overwhelmingly feel safe in, and satisfied with, the communities in which they live, according to a new poll. The nationwide survey of seniors currently living in assisted living communities found that fully 93% feel satisfied with their community, including 68% who say they are “very satisfied.” The survey also found residents almost unanimously feel safe in their communities, with 99% of respondents reporting they feel safe.
“Every morning, close to a million American seniors wake up in their assisted living community, have an active and engaging day in a safe, independent and social environment, and go to sleep that night eager to greet a new day,” said Rick Grimes, President of the Assisted Living Federation of America. “That fact may not make for a sensational headline, but it’s the reality of assisted living.”
The survey of 500 seniors living in assisted living communities found widespread satisfaction for almost every aspect of life in their communities.
- 94% of assisted living residents say they are satisfied with their overall quality of life in their assisted living community.
- 93% of assisted living residents say they are satisfied with the level of personal independence they enjoy in their community.
- 93% of assisted living residents say they are satisfied with the level of personal attention paid to them by staff.
- 90% of assisted living residents say they are satisfied with the overall quality of care they receive.
- 87% of assisted living residents say the workers in their community are well trained and well qualified to do their job.
- 86% of assisted living residents say the workers in their community “care about me as a person.”
By an 8-1 margin, assisted living residents agree with the following statement: “Assisted living communities are an excellent choice for seniors who want to live active, independent lives, but may just need a little help now and then. Assisted living communities have a professional and caring staff that provides a safe ‘home away from home’ for residents. There are ample rules and regulations in place to ensure residents remain safe and are well taken are of. Residents living in assisted living communities enjoy a healthy and high quality of life.”
“What matters most to us is what our residents think, so we went out and asked them,” continued Grimes. “And what we found confirmed what we already knew: Assisted living is absolutely the best, safest and most satisfying senior living option for seniors who cherish their independence but just need some extra help. 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.”
The survey of 500 residents living in assisted living communities was taken between July 15-18, 2013 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.38% The survey was conducted jointly by Public Opinion Strategies and Frederick Polls.
About The Assisted Living Federation of America
The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally-managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the seniors and families they serve. Since 1990, ALFA has advocated for choice, accessibility, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all seniors. ALFA’s programs promote business and operational excellence through education, research, publications, professional networking and online tools designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurism in the field of senior living. Visit ALFA’s Web site at www.alfa.org.