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CEAL@UNC provides assisted living industry suggestions to U.S. Senate special committee

by Matthew Smith

A national spotlight shined on assisted living last week, and the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL@UNC), led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work University Kenan Flagler Bingham Distinguished Professor Sheryl Zimmerman, is ready to collaborate.

The hearing, led by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, brought to light issues the assisted living industry faces, from staffing concerns to rising costs and resident safety.

CEAL@UNC provided a statement for the Congressional Record to the committee, while also issuing recommendations for improved care and outcomes for the industry. Those recommendations included endorsing standardized reporting, expanding Medicaid coverage, and ways to provide more sufficient staffing, among others.

Since its creation in 2003 in response to the special committee’s first hearing on assisted living, CEAL@UNC has served as a unique national collaborative of diverse organizations working together to promote excellence in assisted living. In 2023, CEAL joined with the University to advance the well-being of the people who live and work in assisted living through research, practice and policy.

Read CEAL@UNC’s complete suggestions online at “To Inform Senate Special Committee Hearing, CEAL@UNC Suggests Actions for Assisted Living Industry.”

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