Differences in assisted living staff perceptions, experiences, and attitudes.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Research within residential care/assisted living (RC/AL) settings has shown that the attitudes of personal care (PC) staff toward their organization and its residents and families can affect the quality of resident care. This article describes the perceptions, experiences, and attitudes of PC staff and their supervisors, and considers these data in the context of non-hierarchical staffing patterns-a philosophically expected, yet unproven tenet of RC/AL. Using data collected from 18 RC/AL communities, these analyses compared the characteristics, perceptions, experiences, and attitudes of PC staff (N = 250) and supervisors (N = 30). Compared to supervisors, PC staff reported greater burden, frustration, depersonalization, hassles, and feeling significantly more controlling of, and less in partnership with, families (p < 0.05). Because the PC staff experience is crucial for resident outcomes, more work is needed to create an environment where PC staff are less burdened and have better attitudes toward work and families.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Beeber, AS; Cohen, LW; Zimmerman, S; Gwyther, LP; Washington, T; Cagle, JG; Reed, D

Published Date

  • January 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 41 - 49

PubMed ID

  • 23937102

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4121260

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0098-9134

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3928/00989134-20130731-03


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States