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Communities

 

 Number and Size of Communities

 

There are approximately 28,900 assisted living communities with nearly 1 million licensed beds in the United States today. The average number of licensed beds in an assisted living community is 33.1

Size of Communities: 48% 4-10 beds, 15% 11-25 beds, 30% 26-100 beds, 7% 100+ beds
 See state estimates for sizes of AL communities.

 

 Communities Makeup

 

​Regional Distribution

  • 8.6% Northeast
  • 22.6% Midwest
  • 28.0% South
  • 40.8% West

Ownership

  • 56% are chain-affiliated (an organization with two or more communities)
  • 42% are independently-owned
 

 Operations

 

Typical Services:

  • 24-hour supervision and assistance
  • exercise, health and wellness programs
  • housekeeping and maintenance
  • meals and dining services
  • medication management or assistance
  • personal care services (such as Activities of Daily Living [ADLs])
  • transportation

Tailored Communities

Some assisted living communities specialize in serving individuals with specific needs. These may include, but are not limited to, Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia (such as memory care units), intellectual and developmental disabilities, and particular medical conditions (e.g., Parkinson's disease) or other needs.

Percentage of assisted living communities that provide disease-specific programs:

  • Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias:
    • 13.4% have a dementia care unit, wing or floor designated
    • 8.2% only serve adults with dementia 

Health Care Services

Percentage of assisted living communities that provide (by employees or arranged with an outside service provider) certain health care services: 

  • 77.3% pharmacy/pharmacist
  • 76.7% transportation services for medical or dental appointments
  • 75.8% dietary and nutritional
  • 65.9% therapy (physical, occupational or speech)
  • 62.6% hospice
  • 60.7% skilled nursing
  • 50.4% mental health or counseling
  • 47.0% social work services
 

 Sources

 

Sengupta M, Rome, V, Harris-Kojetin L, Caffrey, C. Long-Term Care Providers and Services Users in the United States—Residential care component: National Study of Long-Term Care Providers, 2015–2016: weighted national estimates and standard errors. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nsltcp/2016_NSLTCP_RCC_Weighted_Estimates.pdf

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