Who’s In Assisted Living? Reviewing the Latest Stats

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 09 October 2012

If you ever want to learn more about statistics relating to seniors, AgingStats.gov is a great resource. Formally the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics, the site houses the Older Americans reports from the year 2000 to current, along with other resource links. Another reputable data source is the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. An April 2012 data brief offers stats on residents living in residential care facilities (like assisted living). Highlights from the Older Americans 2012 report and the NCHS data brief follow:

  1. Seven in ten (70%) assisted living residents are female.
  2. The average length of stay in assisted living is 671 days (22 months).
  3. Out-of-pocket spending for health care services, such as residential care in assisted living, increased from 12 to 22 percent (from 1997 to 2009) for the poor/near poor income category of adults over 65.
  4. As of the year 2010, the average national monthly fee for care in assisted living (per resident) was $3,165.
  5. Nearly 4 in 10 residents in assisted living “received assistance with three or more activities of daily living, of which bathing and dressing were the most common.”


Download the full Older Americans 2012 report or NCHS data brief to learn more about residents in assisted living, what types of services seniors are using, their age, income levels, health indicators, and more.



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