CDC Data Show How Large, Small Assisted Living Facilities Differ

The CDC earlier this week released data showing differences between small versus large assisted living communities.

Small assisted living communities, have more residents who need assistance with activities of daily living, more residents with Alzheimer’s disease, and more residents who are Medicaid beneficiaries.

The smaller communities, those with four to 25 beds, have fewer residents with cardiovascular disease compared to larger communities.


The brief, also found that the percentage of residents who had fallen in the previous 90 days increased with community size. The brief does group communities into three sizes: four to 25 beds, 26 to 50 beds and 50 or more beds.

Across all community sizes, the most common Activities of Daily Living with which residents needed assistance was bathing, followed by walking, dressing, toileting, transferring and eating.

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