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Census Procedures Outlined for LTC Facilities

The US Census Bureau will be conducting its 2020 Census in the spring of 2020, with the goal of counting every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five US territories. It is important for everyone, including seniors, to complete the 2020 census to ensure that communities are accurately funded. This includes money for things like Medicare and first responder programs.

All information shared is kept confidential by law. Responses are not shared with law enforcement agencies or state survey agencies.

2020 Census for Nursing Centers

The Census Bureau has a process for counting people who live in “group quarters,” including nursing centers. The Census Bureau wants to help administrators respond to the census on behalf of their residents, click here for more information.

The Census Bureau will begin contacting nursing centers in February 2020. They will be collecting information from April through June, requesting information on the residents living in the nursing center on April 1. This includes requesting information on both short-stay residents of skilled nursing facilities and long-stay residents of nursing homes.

Administrators will have several options for how to report the information to the Census Bureau, including electronically or through drop-off/pick-up questionnaires.

The US Census Bureau will be requesting the: name, sex, date of birth, age on 4/1/2020, race, whether they are of Hispanic origin, and an alternate address where they live or stay when not in a group quarters facility

2020 Census for Assisted Living Communities

AHCA/NCAL is in the process of identifying whether the US Census Bureau will use the same process for assisted living communities. In the 2010 census, assisted living communities were not defined as group quarters and had a different process. While the bureau has indicated “group homes” will be considered group quarters for the 2020 census, AHCA/NCAL is seeking clarification on how assisted living will be classified.  This page will be updated to reflect the latest information available.

If you have any questions/concerns, please contact Lilly Hummel, phone: 202-898-2845.