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Long Term Care Providers Overview (2014, CDC)

National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP) provides data on nursing homes, residential facilities (such as assisted living) and more. See overview of the industry (107 pages), which provides a framework for 15,700 nursing homes, 22,200 residential facilities and 12,200 home health agencies. For-profit proportions vs non-profit are shown. Gives consumers a view of staffing differences. Hospice and adult day care use shown. No quality measures are included

Medicare's Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home (pdf)

Guide contains checklists and ideas for how to find a nursing home that is right for you or your family member. Includes glossary of terms, Resident Rights information and more. Federal Government Publication by CMS (CMS-02174), revised August 2015; 60 pages

Nursing Home Average Costs, 2011 (MetLife Survey)  Editor's Pick

MetLife surveyed nursing homes in all states and DC. in April-August. 2011. Average daily rate for nursing home care found to be equivalent to $78,110 semi-private to $87,235 per year private room (range by city for private room, from $141 in parts of Louisiana to $655 per day in Alaska). Example of city rates: Chicago nursing home Semi-Private daily rate ranged from $117/day to $250/day, with an average of $176. Report includes Assisted Living and home care costs. Easy to read report, published October 2011

Nursing Home Trends in Publicly Reported Quality Measures - 2010 (pdf)

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) shows trends in percent of residents with pain, pressure sores, weight loss, depression, increase in ADL (activities of daily living), mobility decline, catheter, incontinence, urinary tract infection (UTI), and more, using recent data from the federal CMS Nursing Home Compare. No update readily available.

Nursing Home Use Trends through 2004 (pdf)

Administrative report by The Lewin Group uses data from the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey to examine nursing home trends and use rates by frail older adults. Latest data show 3.6% of adults ages 65+ were in a nursing home. At ages 85+, the percent in nursing homes was 13.9, down from over 21% in 1985. Disability rates, use of post-acute rehabilitation stays, and growth in residential and assisted living facilities are also discussed. 28-page report published Nov. 2006

Nursing Homes: Challenges Remain - GAO Report December 2005 (pdf)

Report discusses findings on the adequacy of state surveys on nursing home quality and safety, and the oversight by CMS. Accuracy and reliability of data presented on CMS' Nursing Home Compare website are important considerations for consumers making decisions and choosing a nursing home. This 81-page report by the Government Accounting Office (GAO 06-117) is meant more for healthcare leaders and policy-makers, than for consumers. See Table 11 (page 65) to find out how your state compares to the nation's 15.5% of nursing homes cited for actual harm or immediate jeopardy. Over half of Connecticut's nursing homes received this cheerless distinction

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Health Fact Sheets - 100 topics

Short easy-to-read fact sheets on over 100 health topics, including standard public health topics. Sample: breast cancer, cervical cancer, Choosing a Nursing Home, chronic fatigue, domestic violence, eating disorders, fibromyalgia, gout, hepatitis, incontinence, lung cancer, MRSA, prostate cancer, west nile virus. Prepared by Illinois Department of Public Health

Long-Term Care Data (AARP) 2009

Statistical report by AARP (Across the States 2009: Profiles of Long-term Care and Independent Living) includes home health and nursing home utilization data from 2007 and average 2008 prices for home health, nursing home and assisted living facilities (p. 33). States with Green House projects shown on p. 25. Individual state detail. Full report is 368 pages

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