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Nursing homes in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Nursing homes are a type of long-term care facility for people who do not need to stay in a hospital, but, for medical reasons, cannot live on their own. Most nursing home residents are elderly, but younger adults with mental or physical disabilities may also stay at such facilities. In the United States, the majority of nursing homes are certified by both Medicare and Medicaid, while a decreasing number are certified by only one or the other. In 2019, there were over 15 thousand nursing homes in the United States, almost two-thirds of which were for profit. During that year, there were 105 nursing home beds per 1,000 people in the United States. As of 2021, Henry J Carter was the skilled nursing facility chain with the highest number of certified beds. Nursing care facilities employed over 1.6 million people in 2019.

In 2019, the state of Texas had the highest number of nursing homes of any U.S. state with 1,214 facilities, followed by California and Ohio with 1,187 and 952 homes respectively. In that year, Alaska had the fewest nursing homes, but had, by far, the highest annual cost for a private room in nursing homes in 2020. A private room in a nursing home in Alaska costs 436,540 U.S. dollars per year on average, while a private room in Connecticut, the second most expensive state, costs 167,900 dollars per year.

The elderly account for the vast majority of nursing home residents in the U.S. The largest share of residents is aged between 85 and 94 years, accounting for one-third of all residents. Women are also nursing home residents at higher rates than men, with around 11.2 percent of all women aged over 85 years living in a nursing home in 2014, compared to 6.1 percent of men in the same age group. Common medical issues among nursing home residents include bladder and bowel incontinence, depression, weight loss, and pressure sores. Some nursing homes have special care units for patients with Alzheimer’s disease or serious dementia, as these diseases are common among the elderly and such patients can require special or increased care. Additionally, around 36.6 percent of all nursing home residents in 2014 had severe cognitive impairment.

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Nursing homes in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Nursing homes are a type of long-term care facility for people who do not need to stay in a hospital, but, for medical reasons, cannot live on their own. Most nursing home residents are elderly, but younger adults with mental or physical disabilities may also stay at such facilities. In the United States, the majority of nursing homes are certified by both Medicare and Medicaid, while a decreasing number are certified by only one or the other. In 2019, there were over 15 thousand nursing homes in the United States, almost two-thirds of which were for profit. During that year, there were 105 nursing home beds per 1,000 people in the United States. As of 2021, Henry J Carter was the skilled nursing facility chain with the highest number of certified beds. Nursing care facilities employed over 1.6 million people in 2019.

In 2019, the state of Texas had the highest number of nursing homes of any U.S. state with 1,214 facilities, followed by California and Ohio with 1,187 and 952 homes respectively. In that year, Alaska had the fewest nursing homes, but had, by far, the highest annual cost for a private room in nursing homes in 2020. A private room in a nursing home in Alaska costs 436,540 U.S. dollars per year on average, while a private room in Connecticut, the second most expensive state, costs 167,900 dollars per year.

The elderly account for the vast majority of nursing home residents in the U.S. The largest share of residents is aged between 85 and 94 years, accounting for one-third of all residents. Women are also nursing home residents at higher rates than men, with around 11.2 percent of all women aged over 85 years living in a nursing home in 2014, compared to 6.1 percent of men in the same age group. Common medical issues among nursing home residents include bladder and bowel incontinence, depression, weight loss, and pressure sores. Some nursing homes have special care units for patients with Alzheimer’s disease or serious dementia, as these diseases are common among the elderly and such patients can require special or increased care. Additionally, around 36.6 percent of all nursing home residents in 2014 had severe cognitive impairment.

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In the following 6 chapters, you will quickly find the 31 most important statistics relating to "Nursing homes in the U.S.".

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