WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-term Care of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill chose Green Hill in West Orange for a National Institute of Health study to “inform and advance care practices and policies for people with dementia.”
Trained staff from UNC visited Green Hill to review practices, conduct interviews with administrators and health care supervisors, and complete an observational checklist. A HIPAA-compliant protocol was followed to ensure confidentiality for residents and Green Hill’s privacy as a contributor to this work. Among other national stakeholders, the study is supported by the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Center for Assisted Living and the Healthcare Association of New Jersey
The research team shared information that assisted living residences provide care for 750,000 older adults almost three-quarters of whom have cognitive impairment, and more than one-third of whom have behavioral symptoms of dementia. The goal of the research study is to learn about dementia care in assisted living, and how it varies across regions, states and residences. The study results will be made public to inform industry leaders in dementia care practices.
“We are honored to have been asked to participate in this valuable national research effort that will inform and advance care practices and policies for people with dementia,” Green Hill President and Executive Director Donna Lazartic said in a press release. “As a nonprofit organization, we are committed to sharing knowledge and experience with others in the long-term care field.”