Mental Illness in Assisted Living: Challenges for Quality of Life and Care

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Leslie A. Morgan, Rosa Perez, Ann Christine Frankowski, Mary Nemec & Colleen R. Bennett (2016) Mental Illness in Assisted Living: Challenges for Quality of Life and Care, Journal of Housing For the Elderly, 30:2, 185-198, DOI: 10.1080/02763893.2016.1162255


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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Housing For the Elderly on 13 May 2016, available online:



An unknown number of mentally ill elders in the United States receive care in assisted living, along with persons facing physical or cognitive challenges. While dementia is familiar in assisted living, our data indicate that neither staff nor residents are prepared to work or live with the mentally ill. Challenges are created for professionals, since these residents bring diverse needs. Daily interresident interactions are also disrupted or stressful. Qualitative data describe the impacts on quality of resident life as well as care and management dilemmas identified within five assisted-living settings having varying presence of mental illness among residents.