Nursing Homes & Assisted Living

Nursing Homes & Assisted Living

Overview

The 23,400 nursing homes serve adults who cannot care for themselves at home, and offer nursing care 24 hours a day. Assisted living centers serve adults who need help with everyday tasks, but don’t require full-time nursing care. About 86% of nursing homes are for-profit organizations, 13% are non-profit, and the remainder are government-operated.

Nursing Shortage

The growing number of nursing vacancies combined with increased demand for nursing services makes adequate staffing a challenge for nursing homes and assisted living centers.

Government Funding is a Wild Card

Over 70% of nursing home residents are covered by Medicaid and Medicare.