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Long-Term Care Service Providers In The United States (INFOGRAPHIC) Lara Baez

August 5th, 2014

Long-term care defines a broad range of services that meet the needs of older adults with various functional limitations. These services are provided by paid, regulated providers, and include assistance with activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, toileting), instrumental activities of daily living (medication management, housework), and health maintenance tasks. Here, we report on various aspects of these long-term care service providers: their funding, their population profile, and the prevalence of morbidity in their facilities.

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Long-Term Care

Profile: Long-Term Care Service Providers in the United States

There are 58,500 long-term care service providers according to the CDC*, which serve 8,000,000 people in the United States.

Care-Receivers by Care Type:

  • Adult Day Services: 3%
  • Home Health: 57%
  • Hospices: 15%
  • Nursing Homes: 17%
  • Assisted Living/Residential: 9%

Growth Projection of population over 65:

From under 5 million in 1900 to almost 90 million in 2050. The majority of long-term care users are from the over-65 population. We can thus predict a steep increase in the use of long-term care facilities over the next half-century.

Ownership type

Percent distribution of long-term care services providers, by ownership type (government/other, non-profit, for profit)

  • Adult Day Services: 5.1%, 54.9%, 40%
  • Home Health: 5.7%, 15.6%, 78.7%
  • Hospice: 13.7%, 29.7%, 56.6%
  • Nursing Home: 6.8%, 25.1%, 68.2%
  • Residential Care Community: 1.2%, 20.4%, 78.4%

Population Profile

Percent distribution of age in those using long-term care services

(Age ranges: 65 & under, 65-74, 75-84, 85 & older)

  • Adult Day Services: 36.5%, 19.4%, 27.2%, 16.9%
  • Home Health: 17.6%, 24.6%, 32.2%, 25.5%
  • Hospice: 5.5%, 16.4%, 31.3%, 46.8%
  • Nursing Home: 14.9%, 14.9%, 27.9%, 42.3%
  • Residential Care Community: 6.7%, 10.4%, 21.4%, 50.5%

Percent distribution of gender in those using long-term care services

  • Adult Day Services, Home Health, Hospice: 60% women
  • Nursing Home, Residential Care Community: 70% women

Prevalence of Morbidities

Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Adult Day Services: 31.9%
  • Home Health: 30.1%
  • Hospice: 44.3%
  • Nursing Home: 48.5%
  • Residential Care Community: 39.6%


  • Adult Day Services: 23.5%
  • Home Health: 34.7%
  • Hospice: 22.2%
  • Nursing Home: 48.5%
  • Residential Care Community: 24.8%

 *The CDC reported on Adult Day Services and Residential Care Communities from the NSLTCP Survey, and reported on Home Health, Hospice, and Nursing Homes that provide services under Medicare or Medicaid. 

About Lara Baez

Lara is the Social Media Strategist summer intern at OpenPlacement. She is a rising senior at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), and hopes to go to medical school and become a physician.


  1. Jessie Parker September 3, 2014

    Hi Lara,
    This is great! Thanks for taking the time and effort to gather those information and present us the statistics in a clear manner. Already shared it on my blog, see it here: It will help readers/ seekers choose the right facility when the need for long term care arises.
    It takes a lot of information and consideration to choose a good service provider, and this link will help them get an overview about the subject matter: Once again, thanks!


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