Nursing homes

1.5 million people live in nursing homes in the U.S.

Approximately 15,600 nursing homes.


Multi-drug-resistant organism prevalence rates in nursing homes exceeds 35% and surpasses levels seen in hospitals.

Approximately 2 million infections are acquired in nursing homes annually.

Approximately 5-7% of all nursing home residents have an indwelling urinary catheter.

Approximately 5-7% of nursing home residents have a feeding tube.

Approximately 12-50% of new admissions to nursing homes have indwelling urinary catheters.


Nursing home residents with indwelling devices have a higher prevalence prevalence of multi drug resistant organism colonization at multiple anatomic sites compared with nursing home residents without such devices. 

Health care workers hands in nursing homes are colonized with gram-negative bacilli in about 66% of cases, Canada 41%, staphylococcal auteus 20% and vancomycin resistant enterococcus 9%.

Nursing home residents frequently suffer from boredom, loneliness and helplessness.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services pays over 60% of the nursing home expenditures.

When nursing homes provide stimulation, social interactions and increasing sense of worth for their residents the cultural changes decrease complaints, behavioral problems, lowers use of psychotropic drugs, decreased incidence of pressure ulcers, contractures, and improves staff turnover and absentee problems.

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