(Graph) Average Length of Nursing Home Stay by Sex and Age at Admission

Pie charts showing the average length of stay for men and women based on the age they were at admission.

Summary: Pie charts showing the average length of stay for men and women based on the age they were at admission.

Average Length of Stay by Sex and Age at Admission

Additional Illustrations*

Source: CDC/NCHS 1999 National Nursing Home Survey (NNHS), discharged residents data.

About this data:
This nationwide sample survey of nursing homes, their current residents and discharges was conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics from July through December 1999. The survey was conducted via a combination of personal interviews and review of residentsÂ’ medical records. Responses are for 8,215 current residents and 6,913 discharges from the 1,423 nursing homes that participated in the survey. The sample frame for discharges was the total number of residents discharged from care by the nursing home during a designated month between October 1998 and September 1999. Included were discharges that occurred because of death of the resident.

I have omitted from this data discharges for people who were admitted to the facility earlier than age 45 because they often have severe physical or mental limitations that arose in childhood, and many times have extremely long stays that distort the results. The complete data set includes stays as long as 34 years for people admitted at fairly young ages. I have included admissions for people from age 45 to age 64, rather than starting at age 65, because many of these admissions represent people with early-onset of diseases like Alzheimers or those who suffered a traumatic illness or accident as an adult.

* The discharges for all males and females age 45 and older includes enough data to be statistically valid (at least 60 responses in each category). I have also included charts for sub-groupings by age to illustrate the way that the length of stay changes with the age at admission, but some of the longer lengths of stay within these sub-groupings do not include enough data elements to be statistically valid.