Research often conjures images of people in lab coats experimenting with white mice in a sterile environment. But for the Schlegel family and team members, research is about improving quality of life. Even after 40 years in the business, the Schlegel family believes the "bar" can be raised when it comes to improving retirement community standards.
With an initial personal philanthropic commitment of $6 Million, Ron Schlegel founded the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (“RIA”) in 2005. This provides an organizational structure that facilitates practice-relevant research, research-informed practice, and curriculum development relevant to seniors’ care. Click here to learn more about the RIA.
This arrangement benefits researchers by helping them develop relevant research programs and provides them access to research and development sites via Schlegel Villages. It benefits seniors by facilitating immediate translation of research to practice. And it benefits current and future staff through research-informed professional development programs and curriculum development for students interested in careers in seniors’ care. See diagram below: