Residential Care Facilities: A Key Sector in the Spectrum of Long-term Care Providers in the United States. Owner type, chain affiliation, and geographic location of RCFs varied by facility size


FIGURE 2. Selected Characteristics of Residential Care Facilities, by Facility Size: United States, 2010
Bar Chart: Private, for profit -- All facilities (82); Small (91); Medium (72); Large (74); Extra large (72). Chain affiliated -- All facilities (38); Small (23); Medium (38); Large (57); Extra large (65). Medtropolitan statistical area (MSA) -- All facilities (81); Small (89); Medium (65); Large (75); Extra large (93).
SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, 2010.
  1. Small facilities are significantly different from all other facility sizes at p < 0.05.
  2. A significant upward trend was observed with increasing facility size at p < 0.05.
  3. All facility sizes are significantly different from each other in the percentage of facilities located in an MSA at p < 0.05.
  • Approximately 82% of RCFs were private, for-profit facilities (Figure 2), while the remaining 18% were private, nonprofit facilities or were owned by state, city, or local government (data not shown). Small RCFs were more likely to be for profit (91%) than larger RCFs.

  • About 38% of RCFs were chain-affiliated. As facility size increased, the proportion of chain-affiliated facilities grew: Extra large RCFs, for example, were almost three times as likely (65%) as small RCFs (23%) to be owned by a chain, group, or multifacility system.

  • Small (89%) and extra large (93%) RCFs were most likely to be in a metropolitan statistical area (MSA), while medium RCFs were least likely to be in an MSA (65%).

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