Design and Operation of the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities. APPENDIX VII: Provider Organization Newsletter Articles on NSRCF

11/01/2011

Data Collection For Federal Health Center Assisted Living Study Begins In April

The National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, a national study of assisted living and residential care communities, is scheduled to start the data collection phase in April 2010.

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is conducting this new study to provide national estimates of these places and their residents, according to NCHS.

NCHS has contracted RTI International to collect information through in-person interviews about the characteristics of assisted living and residential care communities and the people who live there. NCHS reports that about 2,250 assisted living communities--representative of all U.S. regulated residential care and assisted living providers with four or more beds--will be interviewed for the study. Within each residence, a random sample of three to six residents will be selected depending on the number of beds. In-person interviews will be conducted with directors and caregivers, not with residents.

The information assisted living directors and caregivers provide will be held in the strictest of confidence, and only summary data will be made publicly available. All published information will be presented in such a way that no individual community, staff member, or resident can be identified. Results from this study will be presented separately by bed size (four-10 beds, 11-25 beds, 26-100 beds, and more than 100 beds). The information collected through this study will be invaluable for planning and organizing assisted living and residential care services in the future, and NCHS seeks your support in making this possible. By participating in this study, you can ensure that you and other similar assisted living and residential care places are well-represented in the study.

To learn more about this study, please visit the Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsrcf.htm.

Source: National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), Focus March 2010 Vol. 16 No. 3.

First-Ever AL Study Launches Soon

The National Survey of Residential Care Facilities (NSRCF), the first-ever national study of assisted living and residential care communities is scheduled to start collecting data in April 2010. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is conducting this new study to provide national estimates of these places and their residents.

"ALFA has been at the table over the past several years helping to craft this survey," says Maribeth Bersani, ALFA’s senior vice president, public policy. "We encourage everyone to complete it. The results will help us provide elected officials with an accurate snapshot of assisted living and the residents served."

In-person interviews will collect the information about the characteristics of assisted living and residential care communities and the people who live there. Approximately 2,250 communities--representative of all regulated residential care and assisted living providers with four or more units in the United States--will be interviewed for the study. Within each residence, a random sample of three to six residents will be selected depending on the number of units. In-person interviews will be conducted with directors and caregivers, not with residents.

The information provided will remain confidential; only summary data will be publicly available and all published information will be presented in such a way that no individual community, staff, or residents can be identified. Study results will be presented separately by number of units (4-10 units, 11-25 units, 26-100 units, and 100 units or more).

The data collected for this study will be invaluable for planning and organizing assisted living and residential care services in the future, and NCHS seeks your support in making this possible. By participating in this study, you can ensure that you and other similar assisted living communities and residential care places are well-represented in the study.

To learn more about this study, visit NSRCF online http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsrcf.htm.

Source: Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), News: March 2010.

Help With Data on Assisted Living and Residential Care

The National Center for Health Statistics has just launched the critical phase of the National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, the first-ever national study of assisted living/residential care. Approximately 3,600 communities throughout the United States have been randomly selected to participate in the study. By law, all data collected and released will be kept in strict confidence and used only for statistical purposes and no individual provider, staff or resident can be identified. The interviewing process will continue through October of this year. We strongly encourage your participation in this national survey, if you are contacted. Results from this study should be released in the first quarter of 2012. Contact: Steve Maag, (202) 508–9498.

Source: LeadingAge, formerly American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), This Week | May 10, 2010.

 

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