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Eboni Green


In comparison with the national U.S. population, African American aged adults are less likely to reside in assisted living facilities (ALFs). At present, little qualitative data exist concerning how African American aged adults perceive living at home as opposed to living in an ALF. Using a phenomenological approach, this study explored how African American aged adults who live at home feel about residing in ALFs. The research questions focused on aged adults' perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes about ALFs and the conditions that may prevent African American aged adults from living in ALFs. A conceptual framework based on the Purnell Model of Cultural Competence was used to interpret study results regarding the cultural beliefs of African American aged adults. Data was collected through in-depth interviews with a purposive sample of nine African American adults aged 70 years and older who live at home and have not resided in an ALF. The data was managed through the NVivo 12 Plus program software, which assisted in providing inductive content analysis. The findings in the study revealed that the majority of the participants did not have knowledge about ALFs services however, the participant's attitudes to consider residing in ALFs were positive. There were some trust issues with the participants, indicative of a cultural heritage of beliefs and perceptions, as the participants stipulated they would reside in an ALF with support of family to monitor their care. The research study may contribute to a positive social change for African American aged adults by supporting an increased in knowledge and understanding of ALFs and increase the likelihood of African American aged adults residing in an ALF.