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QuickStats: Number of Nursing Assistants Per 100 Nursing Home Residents --- United States, 1985 and 1999*

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Nursing assistants are frontline caregivers in nursing homes, responsible for assisting residents with their activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing, and eating. From 1985 to 1999, the number of nursing home assistant full-time equivalents per 100 residents increased 14%. The increase in nursing assistants nationwide corresponds with increases in the number of residents needing assistance. During the same period, the proportion of nursing home residents requiring assistance to dress increased from 79% to 87%.

Sources: 1985 and 1999 National Nursing Home Surveys. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nnhsd/nnhsd.htm.

Decker FH. Nursing homes, 1977--99: What has changed, what has not? Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2005. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nnhsd/nursinghomes1977_99.pdf.

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Date last reviewed: 6/9/2005

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