Number of Nursing Home Beds Declining

A report published by the National Nursing Home Survey finds that between 1999 and 2004 the number of nursing home beds and nursing home residents declined in the United States. The number of nursing home beds dropped more than 10%, or 200,000 beds, and there are approximately 100,000 fewer nursing home residents.

The survey also found that more nursing facilities are certified for both Medicare and Medicaid, and that the vast majority of caregivers were not licensed nurses, but Certified Nursing Assistants. Also, it was found that a small fraction of nursing home residents are independent, and need no help with their activities of daily living, which a slight majority, 51.1%, needed assistance with all daily activities.

To read the entire survey, click here. (.pdf)

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