“As with families, some assisted living facilities are dysfunctional, but that doesn’t mean we should ditch them altogether.

We need better options for where and how to live as we age. The author labels assisted living’s attempts to balance support with independence as “a lie”; this is inaccurate and unhelpful. What we need is to build a range of high-quality services for different people with different needs.” – Tia Powell

“Over the course of the past 30 or so years, assisted living has grown significantly because it has successfully offered seniors and their families what they need — supportive services (such as bathing, grooming, medication oversight, nutritious meals) and social connectedness in safe, residential settings.” – David Schless

“If senior residences started their caregivers at $15 an hour and provided adequate, ongoing training, they would get the best workers who wouldn’t leave.” – Elisa Bosley

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