Assisted Living Facility Administrator And Direct Care Staff Views Of Resident Mental Health Concerns And Staff Training Needs

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Emily Dakin, Associate Professor, Departmental Honors Program Director (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: This community needs assessment surveyed 21 administrators and 75 direct care staff at 9 larger and 12 smaller assisted living facilities (ALFs) regarding perceptions of resident mental health concerns, direct care staff capacity to work with residents with mental illness, and direct care staff training needs. Group differences in these perceptions were also examined. Both administrators and direct care staff indicated that direct care staff would benefit from mental health-related training, and direct care staff perceived themselves as being more comfortable working with residents with mental illness than administrators perceived them to be. Implications for gerontological social work are discussed.

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Dakin, Emily, Quijano, Louise M. and McAlister, Courtney (2011). 'Assisted Living Facility Administrator and Direct Care Staff Views of Resident Mental Health Concerns and Staff Training Needs', Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54: 1, 53-72. DOI: 10.1080/01634372.2010.530534. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2010
mental health, mental illness, long-term care, quantitative

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