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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.

Data calculated by Center on the Family using the following sources.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. (2005). Health, United States, 2005, Table 116: Nursing homes, beds, occupancy, and residents, according to geographic division and State: United States, 1995-2003.


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