Differences in assisted living staff perceptions, experiences, and attitudes.
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.
Beeber, AS; Cohen, LW; Zimmerman, S; Gwyther, LP; Washington, T; Cagle, JG; Reed, D
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