Coming Soon: Data from National Survey on Senior Care Communities

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 25 October 2011

Brand new data – collected via an inaugural national survey on senior care communities – will soon be released, says a news release from the Assisted Living Federation of America. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) partnered with ALFA, Leading Age, and several other senior living provider organizations to develop the survey.

Per the ALFA release, interviewers received information from 2,300+ communities and 8,000+ seniors residing therein. At the end of this year, the public will be able to access the data via three formats: a methods report (explaining how the survey was conducted), a community data brief (to include major findings from the report, the total number of communities/beds by geographic region, ownership, etc., length of stay, and several related topics), and a community public-use data file (comprised of documentation about the care facilities surveyed).

Formally called the National Survey of Residential Care Facilities (NSRCF), the survey will consolidate various components of the previously utilized NSLTCP (National Survey of Long Term Care Providers). For an idea of what the survey will cover, review the 2010 NSRCF questionnaire here. Stay tuned to the NSRCF website for information on when data briefs will be available.

Senior care communities covered in the survey include residential care facilities, assisted living residences, board and care homes, and personal care homes, among others.


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