NPALS – the National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (formerly called National Study of Long-Term Care Providers) provides a data overview of nursing homes, residential facilities (such as assisted living) and more. If you’re interested only in residential facility characteristics, see the short, 8-page Data Brief No. 404, published Sept. 2021, from the Residential Care Community Survey.
What to consider when choosing an assisted living facility for yourself, or a loved one. This general guidance on Assisted Living is specific to Florida, but has helpful information for people of any state. By FL Agency for Health Care Administration.
Aggregate healthcare incident summaries reported in FL hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes for 2021 and YTD 2022. The most common “Code 15 Adverse Incidents” in the last full year (2021) were 3,329 incidents requiring transfer to a more acute facility; 1,900 fracture dislocations; and 1,157 incidents reported to law enforcement for investigation. Most of these types of events were reported as coming from Assisted Living facilities. Other types of incidents include surgical procedure mistakes (180 times in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers), death or brain injury from medical care; elopements, and other categories. Code 15 reports are required for each serious patient injury as defined in state statute, within 15 days of when injury occurred. No facility names given. Updated year to date and each quarter, with annual summary by provider type. In 2021, there were 28 reported deaths (unexpected) in ambulatory surgery centers, and 184 hospital incidents resulting in patient deaths. Maintained by Florida AHCA Adverse Incident Reporting System (AIRS).
AARP’s Long-term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard for 2020 provides data on long-term care and state rankings. At the top of the rankings are Minnesota, Washington, and Wisconsin. The scorecard examines LTSS system performance in the areas of affordability and access, choice of setting and provider, quality of life and quality of care, support for family caregivers, and effective transitions. Includes average 2019 prices for home health and nursing home care (see p. 62). Median private room in a nursing home is reported at $102,200 (although it’s $362,628 per year in Alaska, and below $70,000 in Missouri and Oklahoma). The median cost of Home Care with 30 hours per week (at $23/hour) is $35,880 in the US. Average cost for assisted living is estimated at nearly $50,000. Individual state detail is provided for nursing homes and home care. Full reference edition is 104 pages. Published September 2020. The most current available data, collected for this Scorecard, generally cover the period 2016–2019. These data were collected and analyzed in 2019, and so the Scorecard paints a picture of comprehensive LTSS system performance before the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic began. The new scorecard is expected in 2023.