Washington, DC – The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) today announced that its membership ranks swelled 10 percent since April 2012, reaching an all-time high in representing more than 150,000 residents. Over the same time, the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) membership grew three percent. AHCA/NCAL’s combined care settings topped 1.1 million representative beds nationwide – a 25,500 bed increase since this same month last year.
“Growing membership numbers during challenging financial times is further evidence that AHCA/NCAL delivers value at all levels for our members,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “As 2013 unfolds in Washington, we now have even more voices to echo our clear message: We are here to help lawmakers develop the solutions our patients and residents need to lead quality-enriched lives.”
“I’m proud of our members and their dedication to improving the lives of their residents each day,” said Dave Kyllo, Executive Director of NCAL. “This record growth is a testament to the ever-growing popularity of assisted living in serving the needs of our nation’s seniors.”
The assisted living tally is based on internal databases, which are reported monthly. On April 1, 2012, NCAL recorded more than 136,000 assisted living membership beds. The numbers steadily grew through the year, culminating on April 1, 2013, with 150,641 beds. The number of skilled nursing beds increased by two percent to 951,321 beds during that same period, with an overall growth in skilled nursing facility membership of three percent.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 12,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.