Data posted at The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) website gives insight regarding the population who resides in assisted living communities throughout the US. The information was originally published in the “2009 Overview of Assisted Living”; the report was a collaborative effort between AAHSA (American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging) and several other national organizations representing the assisted living industry.
From coast to coast, over 900,000 people call assisted living their home. On average, residents are 86.9 years old; the majority are female (74%).
Most residents need assistance with 1.6 ADLs. At 64%, Bathing is the number one activity with which assisted living residents require help, followed by dressing at 39%, toileting at 26%, transferring at 19%, and eating comes in last at 12%.
Meal preparation and medication management are two areas in which 87% and 81% of residents, respectively, have need of staff support.
Where do assisted living residents come from? The bulk of the population (70%) moves to this care setting from a private apartment or home; the remaining 30% come from either a nursing home, independent living community, family residence (perhaps living with an adult child), or another assisted living residence.
Upon move in, residents of assisted living tend to stay for about 28.3 months; from there, they will either move to a nursing facility, back home, or to another location.