CEAL: What’s the Future of Assisted Living?

| May 10, 2015

A new white paper from the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL) identifies 4 issues that consumers, providers, and other stakeholders must address if assisted living is going to remain a viable option within the long-term care field.

Consumers, providers, and other stakeholders must address 4 key issues if assisted living is going to remain a viable option within the long-term care field. 

Those issues, according to a new white paper from the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL), are:

  • Recruitment, development and retention of quality personnel.
  • Best practice data collection and sharing.
  • Public policy and regulations.
  • Affordability.

LeadingAge is 1 of the 11 national organizations that make up the CEAL collaborative. CEAL members represent consumers, providers and stakeholders. 

They work together to promote excellence in assisted living through practice, public policy, technical expertise and research.

Priorities and Recommendations

The Future of Assisted Living in the Era of Healthcare Reform” summarizes the priorities that were identified last October during a CEAL roundtable on the role of assisted living within the evolving health care environment.

Roundtable participants identified:

  • Priority areas for consumers, policy makers, and providers.
  • Specific contributions CEAL could provide through its unique multi-stakeholder structure.

“Over the past decade, CEAL has witnessed significant changes in the long-term care environment in which assisted living was conceived,” says CEAL Chair Robert Jenkens. “Assisted living was a pioneering, non-institutional and person-directed model when it was introduced. The 2014 CEAL roundtable highlighted continuing and new challenges for assisted living as well as opportunities as it works to maintain a tradition of innovation in community-based care.”