Variation in Residential Care Community Resident Characteristics, by Size of Community

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare®

In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a brief based on data gleaned by the 2016 National Study of LTC Providers conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics.

This NCHS Data Brief ■ No. 299 ■ February 2018 is an interesting 8-page read. These are the major findings of this study showcasing residential/assisted living/adult day care communities:

  • In 2016, residents in larger communities were older than those in smaller communities.
  • A higher percentage of residents in communities with 4–25 beds were receiving Medicaid compared with residents in larger communities.
  • The prevalence of Alzheimer disease and depression was higher among residents in communities with 4–25 beds than in larger communities.
  • The percentage of residents needing assistance with bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, walking, or eating was highest in communities with 4–25 beds.
  • The percentage of residents who had fallen in the previous 90 days increased with increasing community bed size.

The NCHS report “presents national estimates of selected characteristics of residential care community residents in 2016 and compares them by community size. State-estimates and other information are available beneath the Reports and National and State Estimates (Maps, Tables and Figures) links.

There is a great deal of information within the brief as well as informative tables such as:

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