ABSTRACT
As the world population is aging rapidly, the U.S. is also experiencing considerable growth in its older population. More than 20% of the U.S. residents are expected to reach the age of 65 and older by 2030 due to the aging baby boomer population and the increasing life expectancy. Because of the growth in the older population, and the increase in their chronic conditions, it is evident that the demographic-driven demand for long-term care will continue to rise.
This study aimed to explore factors affecting seniors’ intention to relocate to a senior living facility. More specifically, the purpose of this study was to examine the influence of push and pull motivational factors and perceived barriers on seniors’ intention to relocate to a senior living facility (SLF). In addition, the mediating role of perceived barriers on the relationships between push motivational factors and intention to relocate and pull motivational factors and intention to relocate were explored. The data of the study was collected from 363 seniors. Structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis was conducted to test the study hypotheses.

The results indicated that health related, social and family/friend related, housing and property related push motivational factors and facility related pull motivational factor positively influenced seniors’ intention to relocate to SLFs. In addition, the study results revealed that family related barriers, economic barriers, socio-psychological barriers, and knowledge and information barriers negatively affected seniors’ intention to relocate to SLFs. In terms of the mediation effects, the study results indicated that (1) family related barriers mediated the positive relationship between health related push motivational factor and intention to relocate; (2) economic barriers mediated the positive relationship between facility related pull motivational factor and intention to relocate; (3) socio-psychological barriers mediated the positive relationship between health related push motivational factor and intention to relocate; and (4) socio-psychological barriers mediated the positive relationship between facility related pull motivational factor and intention to relocate. The findings of this study provide valuable theoretical contributions in the context senior living literature and important practical implications for SLF operators, health care facilitators and government agencies.

BIOGRAPHY
Suja Chaulagain is an Assistant Professor at Rosen College of Hospitality Management at University of Central Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Hospitality Management from University of Central Florida. She received her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Oklahoma Christian University, and her Master of Health Care Management (MHCM) and Bachelor of Health Care Management (BHCM) from Pokhara University, Nepal. Dr. Chaulagain’s work experience spans over diverse fields of hospitality management, health care management, and hospital administration. Her research foci are on the areas of the integration of hospitality and health care, elderly consumer behavior in the hospitality and healthcare industries, senior housing and relocation, and medical and wellness tourism.

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