Nursing Home Care Plays a Vital Role in Providing Specialized Support for The Elderly

Anurag Sharma
Anurag Sharma

Updated · Oct 13, 2023

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According to Nursing Home Care Statistics, A nursing home care, also known as a skilled nursing facility (SNF) or long-term care facility, is a residential institution that provides accommodation, personal care, and medical services for individuals who require assistance with daily activities and have complex healthcare needs.

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  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4.5% of adults aged 65 and older reside in nursing homes or similar long-term care facilities in the United States.
  • The average age of individuals living in nursing homes is around 79 years old.
  • Females make up a majority of nursing home residents, with approximately 70% being women.
  • There were about 15,600 nursing homes in the United States in 2019.
  • At present, 1.4 million residents reside in U.S. nursing homes.
  • 7 in 10 individuals aged 65 will require long-term care at some point during their lives.
  • By 2050, up to 30 million Americans will require long-term care services.

Nursing Home Care General Statistics 

  • In 2022, the global long-term care market accounted for USD 1100.7 billion and is expected to reach around USD 2168.1 billion in 2032. Between 2023 and 2032, this market is estimated to register a CAGR of 7.2%. (Source: Market.us)
  • Nursing home residents reached 1.4 million in 2023 after dropping from 1.39 million in 2010 to 1.29 million by 2020.
  • There are an estimated 53 million unpaid family caregivers in the U.S.
  • By 2050, an estimated 27- 30 million people in America will require long-term care services.
  • As of 2022, there were 26,514 nursing care facilities (nursing homes) across the U.S.
  • 2022 marks a market value of $146.9 billion for the U.S. nursing home industry.
  • An estimated 69.3% of nursing homes are for-profit organizations.
  • The average monthly cost for a semi-private room in an American nursing home is $7,756.
  • 2022 has witnessed an estimated workforce of 1,721,732 nursing home employees within the U.S.
RaceShare of Nursing Home ResidentsShare of Assisted Living Residents
Non-Hispanic white75.1%81.4%
Non-Hispanic Black14.3%4.1%
Hispanic5.4%3.1%
Non-Hispanic other5.1%11.5%

Nursing Home Facilities Statistics

  • There were approximately 15,000 nursing homes in the United States.
  • There were around 1.7 million licensed beds in nursing homes across the United States.
  • The occupancy rates of nursing home beds were approximately 75%.
  • About 70% of nursing homes were operated by for-profit organizations.
  • Roughly 1.3 million people were residing in nursing homes.
  • On average, nursing homes had a ratio of 0.86 registered nurses (RNs) per resident per day, and 2.21 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) per resident per day.
  • In 2021, the average cost for a semi-private room in the nursing home was around $7,500 per month, while a private room averaged about $8,500 per month.

Nursing Home Care Statistics by Age, Gender, and Race

  • 38.6% of nursing home residents are older than 85.
  • 26.7% of residents are between 75 and 84.
  • 18.2% of residents are between 65 and 74.
  • 16.5% of nursing home residents are under 65.
  • Women comprise 75% of nursing home residents.
  • Women make up 97% of professional caregivers in long-term care settings.
  • The majority of family caregivers for elderly relatives at home are women.
  • Whites account for approximately 79% of all nursing home residents.
  • Blacks make up around 15% of nursing home residents.
  • Hispanics constitute approximately 6% of nursing home residents.

Admission and Discharge Rates in Nursing Home Statistics

  • Among nursing home residents 0.62 admissions per person per year.
  • Among the community dwellers 0.26 nursing home admissions per year.
  • Respiratory diseases, falls-related conditions, and circulatory diseases accounted for 55% of the cases of hospital admission.
  • The median length of stay in nursing homes is 3 days, while the interquartile range (IQR) is about 4 days.
  • The in-hospital mortality rate among nursing home residents is 16%.
  • The 30-day mortality rate after discharge from nursing homes is about 30%.

Quality of Care in Nursing Home Statistics

  • As of 2018, the average nursing home in the United States had a staff-to-patient ratio of 1:8 for nurses and 1:18 for certified nursing assistants.
  • Around 1 in 5 Medicare beneficiaries discharged from hospitals to nursing homes experienced adverse events such as infections and medication errors.
  • About 31% of nursing home residents received antipsychotic medications, even though they did not have a condition like schizophrenia.
  • As of 2021, around 70% of nursing homes had been cited for one or more deficiencies in care.
  • In surveys conducted by the National Nursing Home Survey, about 86% of residents reported being satisfied with the care they received in nursing homes.
  • In the United States, as of 2021, nursing home residents and staff accounted for around 40% of COVID-19 deaths.

Impact of COVID-19 on Nursing Homes

The nursing home experienced high mortality rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the early stages of the pandemic. Nursing homes often faced staffing shortages as healthcare workers became infected or had to quarantine.

  • As of August 15, 2021, there were 634,179 deaths in the US due to COVID-19.
  • It is estimated that 21% of these deaths were among nursing home residents.
  • By the end of 2020, for every 100,000 people not living in nursing homes, about 87 died due to COVID-19.
  • In contrast, for every 100,000 nursing home residents, about 9,200 died due to COVID-19. This is over 108 times higher
  • The death rate in nursing homes was also over 23 times higher than the rate of people aged 65 and older who did not live in nursing homes.
  • In five states- Rhode Island, Indiana, New Jersey, South Dakota, and Connecticut – COVID-19 claimed the lives of more than 12% of the nursing home population from the start of 2020 to the end of the year.

Financial Aspects in Nursing Home Care Statistics

  • As of 2018, the average nursing home in the United States had a staff-to-patient ratio of 1:8 for nurses and 1:18 for certified nursing assistants.
  • Around 1 in 5 Medicare beneficiaries discharged from hospitals to nursing homes experienced adverse events such as infections and medication errors.
  • About 31% of nursing home residents received antipsychotic medications, even though they did not have a condition like schizophrenia.
  • As of 2021, around 70% of nursing homes had been cited for one or more deficiencies in care.
  • In surveys conducted by the National Nursing Home Survey, about 86% of residents reported being satisfied with the care they received in nursing homes.
  • In the United States, as of 2021, nursing home residents and staff accounted for around 40% of COVID-19 deaths.
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Anurag Sharma

Anurag Sharma

He has been helping in business of varied scales, with key strategic decisions. He is a specialist in healthcare, medical devices, and life-science, and has accurately predicted the trends in the market. Anurag is a fervent traveller, and is passionate in exploring untouched places and locations. In his free time, he loves to introspect and plan ahead.