Federal Researchers Release Findings Describing AL Residents

The federal government has released the second installment of findings from the “2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities”. The new data brief, “Residents Living in Residential Care Facilities in the United States: 2010,”  follows a brief published in December describing facility characteristics.  In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) conducted a new study of residential care communities. The national study included residential care facilities; assisted living residences; board and care homes; congregate care; enriched housing programs; homes for the aged; personal care homes; and shared housing establishments that are licensed, registered, listed, certified, or otherwise regulated by a state.

Key points of the findings:

  • The majority of residents living in residential care facilities in 2010 were non-Hispanic white and female. More than one-half of all residents were aged 85 and over.
  • Nearly two in 10 residents were Medicaid beneficiaries, and almost six in 10 residents under age 65 had Medicaid.
  • Almost four in 10 residents received assistance with three or more activities of daily living, of which bathing and dressing were the most common.
  • More than three-fourths of residents have had at least two of the 10 most common chronic conditions. High blood pressure and Alzheimer's disease and other dementias were the most prevalent.

The report can be accessed on the National Survey of Residential Care Facilities (NSRCF) website.