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National Center for Health Statistics Releases Report Examining Nursing Homes

Long-Term Living

Long-Term Living
06/13/2009

The National Center for Health Statistics has released "The National Nursing Home Survey: 2004 Overview." This report examines data from the survey and highlights key findings related to the quality of care, including advance directives, emergency care, and medications taken by nursing home residents. The data highlights include the following:

  • In 2004, there were 1.7 million nursing home beds in the United States compared with 1.9 million beds in 1999.
  • The number of nursing home residents decreased from 1.6 million in 1999 to 1.5 million in 2004.
  • Almost 9% of current residents had a fall reported in the 30 days prior to the facility interview.
  • About 65% of current nursing home residents had at least one type of advance directive.
  • In the 90 days prior to the facility interview, almost 11% of current nursing home residents had at least one hospitalization or emergency department visit while in the care of the nursing home.   
Click here to access the report.  Click here to read more at Long-Term Living Magazine.



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