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How many people live in nursing homes in the U.S.?

Goldina Erowele
Caregiving

According to the CDC:

Nursing Home Care data from 2004 
  • Number of nursing homes: 16,100
  • Number of beds: 1.7 million
  • Occupancy rate: 86 percent
  • Number of current residents: 1.5 million
  • Average length of time since admission (current residents): 835 days

About 1.5 million people live in nursing homes in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And more than 10 million Americans — mostly people 65 or older — need long-term services and support to help them with daily activities, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Anthony Cirillo
Geriatric Medicine
The number of long stay nursing home residents (90 days or longer) declined from 1.21 million to 1.06 million between 1999 and 2004. Half of long-term care residents can be considered long stay or permanent residents. They are primarily over 85 (53%) female (76%) and widowed (60%). Overall there are 1.6 million people in nursing homes.
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