Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions
MS Health Services Administration
Thesis - Open Access
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The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of aging in place between seniors living in residential homes in the community and seniors residing in independent living senior communities. A cross-sectional, quantitative research design and simple random sampling (SRS) strategy was used for this study. Results: 458 responded to a researcher developed likert scale survey. The sample was generally Caucasian/White (n=408, 89.1%), evenly divided between males (n=227, 49.6%) and females (n=224, 48.9%), and between the age of 65 to 74 (n=259, 56.6%). A significant difference was found between those living alone in a residential home and those living in an independent living senior apartment for relying on family (p=.020) to promote aging in place rather than accessing community resources. A significant difference was found between those living with other(s) in a residential home and those living in an independent living senior apartment for relying on family (p=.002) and relying on social network (p=.068) to promote aging in place rather than accessing community resources. There was no correlation found between living arrangement and any of the push factors, utilization of supportive services components, or perceptions rank statements. Conclusion: Although no significant relationships were found between living arrangement and the push factors, utilization of supportive services components, and the rank statements, there were differences found in the populations' surveyed based on living arrangement. Further research is needed to truly understand the link between living arrangement, access and utilization of supportive services, and how families, social networks, and community resources interplay to shape seniors' perceptions of aging in place.
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Delgado, Diana L., "Aging in Place Perceptions Between Seniors Living in Independent Living Senior Communities and Seniors Living in Residential Homes" (2008). Regis University Student Publications (comprehensive collection). 516.