Certified nursing facility occupancy rate
Definition: Percentage of certified beds occupied
Notes: Occupancy rate is calculated by dividing the average number of nursing facility residents per day by the number of certified beds, and multiplying by 100. Data are based on a 15-month reporting cycle. Chronic high occupancy rates will decrease the number of beds available to the community. Facilities with low occupancy rates for long periods of time, on the other hand, may not be able to generate sufficient revenue to justify staffing and other expenses for this additional capacity. Lack of qualified staffing may prevent making more beds available and lowering the occupancy rate.