Family caregivers relatively happy with assisted living

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Fifty percent of respondents to a recent survey said they are “extremely” or “very” satisfied with the living situation of a loved one in an assisted living community.

That's one of the findings of Caring.com's annual Usage and Attitudes Survey, conducted in July and August.

Pretell Market Research surveyed 2,098 family caregivers. Twenty-four percent said that the loved one for whom they care resides in an assisted living community. Whereas half of them said they were “extremely” or “very” satisfied with that living arrangement, 23% of survey participants living with the person for whom they are caring, as well as 23% of respondents whose loved ones live in their own homes, reported the same satisfaction levels.

A medical condition or diagnosis was the most common event leading to a person's move into an assisted living community, with 58% of respondents attributing a move to that trigger. Two other common causes of a move were a caregiver's needs (27%) and the fact that living alone had become too difficult (20%).

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