Editorial| Volume 19, ISSUE 2, P102-103, February 2018

The Role of Physicians Practicing in Assisted Living: Time for Change

Published:December 27, 2017DOI:
      Although there is general consensus on the need for, and value of, experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated physicians in the nursing home (NH), there has been insufficient dialogue concerning the “value proposition” for physicians in assisted living (AL) communities. We believe there are two overriding issues that have stifled this dialogue. The first relates to the commonly accepted premise that the social model, rather than the medical model, must be the predominant driver of care in AL. The second issue relates to the variability of state regulations that have implications for the physician's ultimate role and responsibility in the delivery of medical services in AL.
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          We strongly concur with the editorial written by Katz, Kronhaus, and Fuller1 with regard to the recommendation that there be involvement of physicians in the care of residents living in assisted living (AL) communities, regardless of the state and the requirements within that state. Those of us working in this profession know that the description of AL varies by state2 but generally refers to residences that provide housing and supportive services, 24-hour supervision, and at least 2 meals a day to meet the individual needs of residents.
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