The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has completed a survey which offers the opinions of people who might reside in assisted living in the future. The results are summarized in "Assisted Living and Private Rooms: What People Say They Want."
AARP's Public Policy Institute conducted this national survey of consumer attitudes on private and shared rooms because assisted living's rapid growth has raised questions among consumer advocates, providers, and regulators regarding what type of physical standards would best maximize residents' quality of life.
A particularly contentious aspect of the debate regarding assisted living standards has been whether living in a private room versus a shared room is critical to a resident's autonomy and dignity. When asked whether they would prefer a private room in assisted living or one shared with a person they had not known previously, an overwhelming majority of respondents, 82%, preferred a private room. When given the choice between a small private room and a larger shared room 87% or more of all respondent categories chose the small private room. The preference for private rooms was strongest among women (85%) and households in the western region of the United States.
Copies of this report are available, free of charge, by writing to: Consumer Team, Public Policy Institute, AARP, 601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049.