LeadingAge Center for Applied Research worked with the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care to provide technical assistance to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Long Term Quality Improvement Learning Network. The network of 20 facilities helped AHRQ test the Readiness Assessment Tool that assesses the current state of an organization’s culture and its attitude and commitment toward improving the quality of care and services it provides.

In a previous study of 3 affordable senior housing communities in Colorado, the Center found that residents relied significantly on family caregivers. Interviews with housing staff at the Colorado properties reinforced the fact that family support was crucial to a resident’s general well-being and an essential factor in allowing the resident to maintain his or her independence.

In partnership with Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., LeadingAge (formerly AAHSA) convened a National Summit on Affordable Senior Housing and Services on May 25, 2010, in Washington, D.C. This “invitation only” meeting brought together nearly 100 experts, including policy officials from the departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as well as state aging, health and housing agencies, senior housing providers, health and aging services providers, foundations, academic researchers, and aging and housing advocacy organizations. 

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