Rehab technology receives grant to study assisted living

Rehab technology receives grant to study assisted living

Providing safe and appropriate residential services for persons not able to live in their own homes is becoming an important growth industry, according to Al Noll, director of the Center for Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) at UW-Stout, which has been named the recipient of a unique grant on assisted living from the UW System.

The Applied Research Grant recognizes the cost effectiveness of human service programs offering independent living options to the elderly and provides funds for further research into their needs.

The project will work cooperatively with Wovenhearts Residential Assisted Living of the Heartland Retirement Services. Findings will be provided to enhance the operation of this program and other assisted living programs throughout the state.

"Much has been said regarding the aging of American society," Noll said. "This aging is the result of demographic factors and medical advancements. Social factors have complicated the provision of care for persons as they age and lose functional abilities."

Noll said that fees for assisted living are approximately two-thirds the cost of nursing home care. He said that assisted living facilities are transition points for those who cannot live alone but who are not in need of skilled nursing care.

"The efficient and effective design and operation of residential facilities is critical to the provision of humane, appropriate life-enhancing and economically viable living services," he said. "Using Heartland Retirement Services as a case study, this project will help the assisted living care industry assure the effectiveness and viability of their operational procedures, future facilities, equipment and services."

The project is a joint effort between CRT and the industrial management department at UW-Stout.

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