Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Rajean Moone, Ph.D.


Social Work


A social workers perspective on the integration of social work into Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) is extremely limited within literature context review. The limitation of the research is most likely due to the fact that there are no national regulations or requirements for social work involvement within ALF except in specific cases such as those of Elderly Waivers Program or congregate housing where individuals are assigned case management services. The focus of this research was to examine the structure of ALF and the ideology of incorporating the practice of social work within ALF. With no national standard, states are allowed to adapt their own view and procedures on the services provided within ALF, this can have both positive and negative effects of the residents of ALF. The purpose of this research was to examine what services associated with social work are provided in ALF and who provides services associated with the field of social work if no social worker is present in an ALF. To accomplish this, a quantitative research survey was sent out using the system Qualtrics. Forty-two surveys were sent to ALF located in the southeast region of Minnesota, only 6 ALF responses were completed in entirety and analyzed. The purpose of this research is to further graduate social work research in the area of older adults.

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