Starting in April 2010, ASPE and National Center for Health Statistics began the first nationally representative survey of residential care facilities (including assisted living facilities). A sample frame was created of all of the licensed residential care facilities in the United States. This study chronicled the sample frame development, including preliminary estimates of the size of the residential care industry and the number of beds.
There are approximately 39,000 residential care facilities, which offer a supply of a little over 1 million beds. These numbers indicate that residential care is starting to rival the nursing home industry in size. Approximately 41% of the facilities on the sample frame were affiliated with a chain. Of those that were part of a chain, only 8% were associated with the top forty chains and the rest were associated with regional or smaller chains. Residential care licensure terminology varies widely by state.
Report Title: National Survey of Residential Care Facilities: Sample Frame Construction and Benchmarking Report http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2010/sfconst.htm
Agency Sponsor: OASPE-ODALTCP, Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy
Federal Contact: Emily Rosenoff, 202-690-6443
Performer: RTI International
Record ID: 9345 (Report issued July 16, 2010)