In order to put Washington in context with the other study states, we have included some comparative data from the American Health Care Association (AHCA) web site (AHCA, 2002). There are 275 facilities in Washington, with 21,195 residents reported as of September 2000. The average number of beds per facility is 94, which is slightly lower than the national average of 108. Washington's median occupancy rate per facility is 84 percent as compared to the national rate of 87 percent.
The percentage of for-profit homes is close to the national average (69 percent vs. 65 percent), as is the proportion of beds that are dually certified for Medicare and Medicaid (45 percent in Washington and nationally). The number of direct care staff hours per resident is slightly higher than the national average (3.53 hours vs. 3.24 hours).