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Supply of Assisted Living & Residential Care Facilities/Beds by State in 2010

A snapshot of the number of assisted living and residential care facilities and beds in each state is provided in a new report based on a survey AARP conducted in 2010. AARP found there were 51,367 facilities nationwide with a total capacity of 1,233,690 beds. Large facilities – 26 beds or more – represented more than a third of the market but accounted for 81% of all facility residents.

AARP found significant capacity differences among the states, ranging from 62 units per 1000 people aged 65 and over in the highest capacity states to 11 units per 1000 in the lowest capacity states. The national average was 31 units per 1000 seniors.

The AARP survey findings are compared to its earlier 2007 survey as well as surveys done by others. AARP found a ‘dramatic’ increase in assisted living/residential care capacity in the 3 years since its last survey. Definitions, licensure, federal and state assisted living policies, and other facility and resident characteristics are briefly covered in the report as well.


Mollica R and Houser A. Insights on the issues: assisted living and residential care in the states in 2010. AARP Public Policy Institute, July 2012. http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/research/public_policy_institute/ltc/2012/residential-care-insight-on-the-issues-july-2012-AARP-ppi-ltc.pdf

Related sources:

Park-Lee E and others. Residential care facilities: a key sector in the spectrum of long-term care providers in the United States. NCHS [National Center for Health Statistics] Issue Brief, no. 78, Dec. 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db78.pdf

National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry: http://www.nicmap.org/default.aspx

National Center for Assisted Living: http://www.ahcancal.org/ncal/  

Assisted Living Federation of America: http://www.alfa.org/

American Seniors Housing Association: https://www.seniorshousing.org/

LeadingAge: http://www.leadingage.org

Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422.2050, rc@aha.org

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