Category Archives: Research

10 September 2014

2012 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers: State Web Tables for Adult Day Services Centers Component Released

Posted September 10, 2014 in Research

The Long-Term Care Statistics Branch is pleased to release adult day services-specific state web tables, using data from the first wave of the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP) conducted in 2012. NSLTCP is a new initiative by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to provide reliable, accurate, relevant and timely statistical information to support and inform long-term care services policy, research, and practice. The main goals of NSLTCP are to: (1) estimate the supply and use of paid, regulated long-term care services providers; (2) estimate key policy-relevant characteristics and practices; (3) produce national and state-level estimates, where feasible; (4) compare estimates among sectors; and (5) monitor trends over time.

View the state web tables here:  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsltcp.htm

NSLTCP comprises two components: (1) survey data collected by NCHS on adult day services centers and assisted living and similar residential care communities; and (2) administrative data on nursing homes, home health agencies, and hospices obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The restricted 2012 survey data files for adult day services centers and residential care communities are available through NCHS’ Research Data Center (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsltcp/nsltcp_new_data_release.html).

The four adult day services-specific state web tables complement Data Brief #164 and Data Brief #165. Table 1 provides state estimates of the characteristics presented in Data Brief #164 and Table 2 provides the standard errors for those estimates. The same applies to Tables 1 and 2 for Data Brief #165.

Data are presented in the state web tables only if they meet NCHS’ confidentiality standards. Footnotes are included in the state web tables to indicate if estimates do not meet NCHS’ confidentiality standards. Estimates are presented as percentages, except for average daily attendance in Table 1 for Data Brief #165. No estimates are presented for the District of Columbia, Idaho, and Wyoming because the number of respondents to the survey was fewer than the number required to meet NCHS’ confidentiality standards. There are other states in the tables where estimates for selected characteristics are not presented because they do not meet NCHS’ confidentiality standards. The data sources and methodology used to develop the state web tables are the same as that used for NCHS Data Briefs #164 and #165. For more information on the data source and methodology, please see the “Data source and methods” section on p.7 in the data briefs.

The adult day services center survey was conducted between September 2012 and February 2013. NSLTCP used a multi-mode survey protocol with mail, web, and telephone follow-up for nonresponse. The questionnaires included survey items on provider characteristics such as ownership, size, number of years in operation, services offered, and selected practices, in addition to aggregate user characteristics, such as age, sex, race, and the number of participants with selected medical conditions and the number of participants needing assistance with selected activities of daily living (ADLs). The 2012 mail questionnaires are available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsltcp/nsltcp_questionnaires.htm. Survey data were collected by RTI International under contract to NCHS. Survey documentation is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nsltcp/NSLTCP_survey_methodology_and_documentation.pdf.

Using a sampling frame obtained from the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) and additional centers that self-identified during data collection, a total of 5,254 adult day services centers were included in the survey. About 9% (476) of the adult day services centers were found to be invalid or out of business. All remaining centers (4,778) were assumed eligible and of these centers, 3,212 completed the survey, resulting in a response rate of 68%.

If you have any questions, please contact the Long-Term Care Statistics Branch at (301) 458-4747.

 

13 August 2014

Beth Meyer-Arnold Adult Day Services Fellowship Announced

Posted August 13, 2014 in Research

The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) announces the Beth Meyer-Arnold Research Fellowship for original graduate-level research in the area of adult day services. The award supports graduate students who are completing theses and dissertations in areas of interest to adult day services providers and consumers.

Successful applicants will receive mentoring and support from members of the NADSA Research Committee and will be expected to present their research at the annual NADSA conference.  Additionally, fellows and their advisors will be featured on the NADSA website.   An award of $5000 will be provided to recipients ($4000 upon selection and $1000 after NADSA receives a completed final report of their research findings).

Application materials:

  1. Cover letter summarizing your interest in the award and how the objectives of the fellowship match your research area.
  2. Summary of your approved graduate level thesis or dissertation proposal.  This should not exceed 10 pages (not including figures, tables, or references).  Please include the following elements: purpose statement; literature review; significance; design and methods; and proposed timeline.
  3. Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Two letters of recommendation, including one from your thesis/dissertation advisor indicating that the proposal has been approved.

Please send your application materials electronically to nadsanews@gmail.com by August 29, 2014.  Winners will be informed by email by September 29, 2014, and introduced at the NADSA Conference October 9th-11th, 2014 in Charlotte, NC.  Winners will be expected to attend the 2015 conference to present on their research project.

We value the strength of diversity and inclusion and encourage qualified individuals with disabilities and individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to apply.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Steve Zarit at z67@psu.edu.

22 May 2014

Zarit Receives Recognition by Pennsylvania Adult Day Services Association

Posted May 22, 2014 in News / Awards in Research

Dr. Steven Zarit, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, was presented a Certificate of Appreciation by the PA Adult Day Services Association (PADSA) for his research and dedication that has helped to quantify the value of adult day services. Most recently, Dr. Zarit and his colleagues published findings on a Daily Stress Health Study (DASH) that measured cortisol and DHEA-S levels of family caregivers. “Caregivers who use adult day services are at reduced risk of illness,” Dr. Zarit said.  The results appear on-line in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

According to PADSA, in addition to more than 25 years of helping professionals understand the role of family caregivers, Zarit has validated the benefits of adult day services for both family caregivers and their loved ones with dementia who attend the programs.

Adult day service providers throughout Pennsylvania have worked closely with his research team and Zarit has been readily available to PADSA as a resource for projects that improve the adult day services industry in Pennsylvania.

Zarit serves on the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) board of directors, further demonstrating not only dedication to his research but to both the providers and participants of adult day services.

The certificate was presented during PADSA’s annual conference on May 1.

7 May 2014

Horses Benefit People Living with Alzheimer’s disease

Posted May 7, 2014 in Research

A collaboration between The Ohio State University, an equine therapy center and an adult daycare center found that people with Alzheimer’s were able to safely groom, feed and walk horses under supervision—and the experience buoyed their mood and made them less likely to resist care or become upset later in the day.  At the adult daycare center, a National Church Residences Center for Senior Health in downtown Columbus, clients normally partake in crafts, exercise and other activities to manage their dementia. For this study, sixteen of the center’s clients who had Alzheimer’s—nine women and seven men—volunteered to break with their regular routine.  Former NADSA Board member Holly Dabelko-Schoeny led the study.  Learn more:  http://news.osu.edu/news/2014/05/05/caring-for-horses-eases-symptoms-of-dementia/

 

23 April 2014

2014 Graduate Level Adult Day Services Fellowship Announced

Posted April 23, 2014 in Research

The National Adult Day Services Association is accepting applications for the Beth Meyer-Arnold Research Fellowship for original graduate-level research in the area of adult day services. The award supports graduate students who are completing theses and dissertations in areas of interest to adult day services providers and consumers.

Successful applicants will receive mentoring and support from members of the NADSA Research Committee and will be expected to present their research at the annual NADSA conference.  Additionally, fellows and their advisors will be featured on the NADSA website.   An award of $5000 will be provided to recipients ($4000 upon selection and $1000 after NADSA receives a completed final report of their research findings).

Learn more:  http://www.nadsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Meyer-Arnold_Fellowship-2014.pdf.

 

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