Resident Autonomy in Assisted Living Facilities

Martin Bayne, a self described observer- advocate for the elderly, is speaking up about the treatment of residents and facilities at assisted living facilities. In articles in The Washington Post and Health Affairs and an interview on NPR’s ”All Things Considered”, He has 3 main areas of concern:

1.    The top down management approach of many assisted living administrators that strip residents of their autonomy.  Taking control away from residents leaves them feeling powerless to make decisions affecting their lives.
2.    The problem of emotional coping for assisted living facility residents. Overcoming the feeling of isolation and loss is common and isn’t typically addressed.
3.    Operational shortfalls of assisted living facilities. Doorways that are too narrow and lack of wheelchair ramps in facilities limit accessibility and are too common.

Sutton Homes is a leader in the area of self determination for their residents. The “Residents First” program encourages our residents to maintain as much control over their lives as possible.  We recognize that our residents have had to sacrifice many of their freedoms because of their condition and want them to have as much of that freedom as possible.
Martin Bayne, has been a resident of a nursing home since he was stricken with Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 53.

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