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QuickStats: Percentage Distribution* of Long-Term Care Staffing Hours,§ by Staff Member Type and Sector — United States, 2016


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The figure above is a bar chart showing that in 2016, aides provided more hours of care in the major sectors of long-term care than the other staffing types shown. Aides accounted for 59% of all staffing hours in nursing homes, compared with licensed practical or vocational nurses (21%), registered nurses (13%), activities staff members (5%), and social workers (2%). Aides accounted for 76% of all staffing hours in residential care communities, in contrast to activities staff members (10%), registered nurses (7%), licensed practical or vocational nurses (6%), and social workers (1%). In adult day services centers, aides provided 39% of all staffing hours, followed by activities staff members (30%), registered nurses (15%), licensed practical or vocational nurses (9%), and social workers (6%).

* With 95% confidence intervals indicated with error bars.

Includes only employees; contract staff members are excluded.

§ Distribution of staffing hours within a sector is the percent of the total average hours per resident/participant per day worked by each staff member type. Estimates in each sector might not sum to 100% because of rounding.

In 2016, aides provided more hours of care in the major sectors of long-term care than the other staffing types shown. Aides accounted for 59% of all staffing hours in nursing homes, compared with licensed practical or vocational nurses (21%), registered nurses (13%), activities staff members (5%), and social workers (2%). Aides accounted for 76% of all staffing hours in residential care communities, in contrast to activities staff members (10%), registered nurses (7%), licensed practical or vocational nurses (6%), and social workers (1%). In adult day services centers, aides provided 39% of all staffing hours, followed by activities staff members (30%), registered nurses (15%), licensed practical or vocational nurses (9%), and social workers (6%).

Source: National Study of Long-Term Care Providers, 2016. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsltcp/index.htm.


Reported by: Vincent Rome, MPH, vrome@cdc.gov, 301-458-4466; Manisha Sengupta, PhD; Lauren Harris-Kojetin, PhD.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage Distribution of Long-Term Care Staffing Hours, by Staff Member Type and Sector — United States, 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:506. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6717a6.

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