Living in assisted living facilities has become increasingly popular among older adults with dementia. However, lower staffing levels and availability of care services in assisted living facilities put residents at increased risk for negative outcomes. A recent study examined the rate of hospitalization over one year for assisted living facility residents with dementia compared with those in long-term care facilities. The study found that residents with dementia in assisted living facilities had a hospitalization rate about 4-fold higher than those in long-term care with dementia.
The findings of this study raise concerns about the ability of some assisted living facilities to appropriately meet the needs of cognitively impaired residents. It is not right for assisted living facilities to retain patients with dementia they do not have the resources to care for.