AHCA/NCAL Profiles Assisted Living in the U.S.

The fourth in a series of informational installments from the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) takes a look at “The State of Assisted Living” based on current research. This detailed look at the current state of assisted living facilities in the United States reveals some interesting trends in assisted living. Trends in assisted living

The average assisted living resident is 87 years old, and the majority (74 percent) are women. The average annual income for an assisted living resident is just $19,000 per year — a harsh reality given the ever-rising assisted living costs, which lends credence to increasing concerns surrounding seniors’ ability to pay for long-term care as they age. Three-fourths of assisted living residents are paying for assisted living care out of their own funds or through funds provided by family members, although 131,000 low-income residents (of the 1 million + assisted living residents residing in more than 38,000 assisted living facilities in the U.S.) are receiving Medicaid coverage for some or all of their assisted living costs.

Assisted living facilities aim to care for residents who require assistance with one or more activities of daily living (ADLs). Most assisted living residents require assistance administering their medications (81 percent) and meal preparation (87 percent). Residents also commonly require assistance with bathing (64 percent) and dressing (39 percent).

Satisfaction is important, too. An earlier survey conducted by the National Center for Assisted Living (the 2010 Assisted Living Performance Measures Survey) reveals that 98 percent of assisted living facilities in the U.S. conduct criminal background checks on all employees during the hiring process, and 91 percent regularly measure resident and family satisfaction. Further, 94 percent have a licensed nurse on staff and available to residents 24 hours per day.

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