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Kaiser Foundation Overview of Nursing Facilities: The Current Capacity of Nursing Homes (Part 3 of 6)

In 2011, 15,465 nursing homes in all 50 states plus D.C. were surveyed.

  • the total number of beds was 1,646,302
  • 1.4 million residents are receiving service at any given time

This is relatively consistent with the previous years:

  • in 2006, the number of facilities was 15,294
  • 2007: 15,281
  • 2008: 15,531
  • 2009: 15,658
  • 2010: 15,622

The average number of beds in each facility in the U.S. in 2011 was 108.5. The number of beds is statistically associated with the quality of care each resident receives. Research indicates that the more beds in a facility, the lower the quality of care afforded to each resident.

Occupancy rates are another important statistical indicator. Occupancy rates are determined by dividing the number of residents currently in a facility with the total number of beds in that facility.

The 2011 occupancy rate is 83%. This rate has fallen in recent years. This may reflect a growing trend of home-based and community care centers (as opposed to residency in a long-term facility), or merely an excess of beds in states with lower occupancy rates.

You can access the first two parts of our series by clicking on the stories below:

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