CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has begun fielding the second wave of the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), a biennial national study of the major sectors of paid, regulated providers of long-term care services. This data collection effort includes a representative sample of assisted living and similar residential care communities across the country. Data collection started in June 2014 and will continue through December 2014.
Residential care operators, administrators or directors are asked to provide information about their residential care community through a mail or web questionnaire that will take on average 30 minutes to complete. NSLTCP collects information about the characteristics of residential care providers, the services they offer, and their staffing; and the demographics, functional status and health of the residents they serve. This information will help policymakers, health care planners, and providers better understand, plan for, and serve the future long-term care needs of the older population and disabled adults. While results from this survey, including state estimates, will be made publicly available, all data will be kept confidential and will be aggregated, so that the names of the residential care communities, staff, residents and respondents will not be identifiable. Participation is voluntary.
The power of this survey depends on participation. Of the approximately 11,600 assisted living and residential care communities we invited to participate, about 3,000 or 26% have responded. NCHS would like to thank those 26% for their participation. We are urging other residential care communities that have been invited to participate to respond to the NSLTCP. Every sampled residential care community counts and it is not too late to participate! Results are expected to be released late 2015.