Center for Urban Research and Learning

Loyola University Chicago

Here you will find all of CURL's research projects and publications. 

Barriers to Independence: A Study of Housing and Personal Assistance Issues for People with Disabilities Residing in Nursing Homes


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Access Living Board and Staff (Courtesy of Access Living)

Access Living and Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and Learning began a collaborative partnership to document the conditions influencing the placement of disabled people in a nursing home, and to identify the barriers that prevent nursing home residents from living independently. The team developed a survey instrument with quantitative and qualitative items and contacted nursing homes across the city of Chicago to generate survey respondents. Two waves of survey interviews produced a total of 65 respondents from 17 nursing homes.

The team produced a report outlining the findings and recommendations of the research.  

Research Team

  • L. Delgado, CURL
  • T. Hudson, Graduate Fellow, School of Social Work
  • D. Kruger, Graduate Fellow, Psychology
  • J. Rogers, Educational Psychology, Loyola University
  • E. Ross, Undergraduate Student
  • R. Luna, Access Living
  • B. Barrera, Access Living
  • K. Tamley, Access Living
  • T. Wilson, Access Living

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