Assisted Living: Aging in Place and Palliative Care

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Principles of upstream palliative care can guide the planning, programs, and services associated with aging in place in assisted living residences (ALRs). Frail older adults who do not need a nursing home level of care are choosing to live—and die—in ALRs. This article describes the context of assisted living, resident characteristics, key indicators of palliative care, barriers to end-of-life care, and the role, responsibilities, and potential for professional nursing in assisted living. Stakeholder concerns about staff knowledge and skills in care of the elderly, medication management, the risks associated with residential care, and nursing delegation are discussed.

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