A nursing home is commonly referred to as a skilled nursing facility, long term care (LTC)
facility, or rest home, and may have a different standardized name throughout the United
States, but is most commonly referred to as a nursing home. A nursing home traditionally
offers 24-hour (skilled) nursing to the elderly or to disabled patients having a variety
of medical conditions who require personal care services above that of an assisted
living but do not require hospitalization. The personal care services provided may or
may not include, but are not limited to: skilled nursing, long term inpatient care,
room and board, meals, laundry, and assistance with: dressing, grooming, getting in
and out of bed, medications, bathing, and toileting.
For purposes of this dataset, an assisted living facility is defined as a facility
where the elderly, who are not related to the operator, reside and receive care,
treatment, or services. Although not at the level of a nursing home, the services
are above the level of an independent living community. They may include several
hours per week of supportive care, personal care, or nursing care per resident.
Generally, an assisted living facility offers help in daily living (laundry,
cooking, cleaning, etc.) and personal assistance (bathing, eating, clothing, etc.).
Many assisted living facilities offer assistance with medication and a lesser
level of nursing care than what is offered at a nursing home.
Assisted living facilities may be regulated by size restrictions depending on
which type of assisted living facility it is considered to be in the state
in which it exists. For example, Adult Family Homes in Wisconsin have between
3-4 elderly residents while Community Based Residential Facilities have 5 or
more. Almost every state has different terminology to describe their version
of the assisted living facility system.
The structures in which assisted living facilities exist are varied as well.
Depending on the type, an assisted living facility may operate out of a
personal residence or a nursing home style structure, and it may be set
up as apartment style living or as a campus setting in a continuing care
retirement community. Multiple assisted living facilities may exist at
one location or may be co-located with nursing homes and/or other similar
health care facilities.
If a facility is licensed by a state and holds multiple licenses, it is
represented once in this dataset for each license, even if the licenses are
for the same location.
This dataset does not include retirement communities, adult daycare facilities,
or rehabilitation facilities. Nursing Homes that are operated by and co-located
with a hospital are also excluded because the locations are included in the
Records with "-DOD" appended to the end of the [NAME] value are located on a
military base, as defined by the Defense Installation Spatial Data Infrastructure
(DISDI) military installations and military range boundaries.
"#" and "*" characters were automatically removed from standard fields populated
by TechniGraphics. Double spaces were replaced by single spaces in these same fields.
Text fields in this dataset have been set to all upper case to facilitate
consistent database engine search results.
All diacritics (e.g., the German umlaut or the Spanish tilde) have been replaced
with their closest equivalent English character to facilitate use with database
systems that may not support diacritics.
The currentness of this dataset is indicated by the [CONTDATE] field. Based on
this field, the oldest record dates from 09/29/2009 and the newest record dates