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QuickStats: Percentage* of Residential Care Community Residents with a Fall,§ by Census Region — United States, 2016


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The figure is a bar chart showing that in 2016, 22% (175,000) of current residents living in residential care communities had a fall in the past 90 days in the United States. By region, 27% of residents living in communities in the Northeast, 23% of residents in Midwest communities, and 20% of residents in communities in the South and West, respectively, had a fall. A higher percentage of residents in the Northeast had a fall compared with residents in the South and West.

* With 95% confidence intervals indicated with error bars.

Residential care communities include those that were state-regulated; had four or more beds; and provided room and board with at least two meals a day, around-the-clock on-site supervision, and help with personal care, such as bathing and dressing or health-related services such as medication management. Residential care communities licensed to exclusively serve the mentally ill or the intellectually disabled/developmentally disabled populations were excluded.

§ Respondents were asked, “As best you know, about how many of your current residents had a fall in the last 90 days? Please include falls that occurred in your residential care community or off-site, whether or not the resident was injured, and whether or not anyone saw the resident fall or caught them. Please just count one fall per resident who fell, even if the resident fell more than one time. If one of your residents fell during the last 90 days, but is currently in the hospital or rehabilitation facility, please include that person in your count.”

Residential care communities with missing data were excluded.

In 2016, 22% of current residents living in residential care communities had a fall in the past 90 days, representing 175,000 residents in the United States. By region, 27% of residents living in communities in the Northeast, 23% of residents in Midwest communities, and 20% of residents in communities in the South and West, respectively, had a fall. A higher percentage of residents in the Northeast had a fall compared with residents in the South and West.

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

Reported by: Lauren Harris-Kojetin, PhD, lharriskojetin@cdc.gov, 301-458-4369; Manisha Sengupta, PhD.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Residential Care Community Residents with a Fall, by Census Region — United States, 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:1042. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6737a6.

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