There are more than 800,000 Americans residing in assisted living. The majority of these residents are the "oldest old," or age 85 and older, female, and non-Hispanic white.
Residents often need help with only a few activities of daily living and do not require 24-7 skilled nursing care. The most common activity of daily living that residents need assistance with is bathing, then walking. More than half of all residents have high blood pressure, and 4 in 10 are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.
After a median stay around 22 months, roughly 60% of residents will move out of assisted living to transition to a skilled nursing center.