The number of assisted-living and residential-care beds in the U.S. doubled to 1 million from 1990 through 2002. In contrast, the number of nursing home beds grew 7% in the 13 years to about 1.8 million, and the number of intermediate-care beds for the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled plunged 27% to 103,463, according to a study in the August Journal of Applied Gerontology. The trends reflect policy changes, such as Medicaid programs' expansion of home- and community-based services, the authors wrote. Read the abstract..
Long-term-care bed supply shifts toward assisted living
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