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Facts About Nursing Homes in the United States

American people are living longer than ever before. As a matter of fact, statistics show that older Americans will spend 14 years in retirement, on average.

This means that the odds that they spend the remaining years of their life in a nursing home become higher. Long term care plans are a must have for anyone planning their retirement years and wanting to be prepared in case of needing assisted living or nursing home care.

Here are some interesting facts about nursing homes:

  • There are currently 17,000 nursing homes in the USA.
  • 1.6 million people reside in nursing facilities.
  • The average number of beds per nursing home is 107, with an occupancy rate of 88%.
  • More than 90% of nursing home residents are 65 years old and above. Almost half are 85 years old and above.
  • The average age upon admission to a nursing home is 79.
  • Women are almost three times as likely to live in nursing homes than men.
  • In 1999-2000, the average nursing facility patient required assistance with 3.75 activities of daily living. Five common activities are used to measure the functionality of an elderly patient. These include: bathing, dressing, transferring, toileting and eating.
  • 42% of nursing home patients suffer from some form of dementia.
  • 33% of nursing home patients have documented signs of depression.
  • In 2000, 4.5% of Americans 65 years and older lived in nursing homes, a decline from 5.1 percent in 1990.
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  1. February 8, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Nursing Home is place for elders who need constant nursing care and have deficiencies in performing daily living activities. These homes include the elder and young adults, who have physical or mental disabilities.

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