National Survey of Long-term Care Providers

Welcome Residential Care Community Survey Participants


In January 2020, the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP) was renamed the National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS).  The information NCHS plans to collect about residential care communities and residents will not change.

Your residential care community is important to us!

The most reliable information comes directly from providers like you. For policy makers to make solid, evidence-based decisions about long-term care in the United States, it is essential that we collect data from all the 11,600 (approximate) residential care communities invited to participate in the 2020 NPALS.  Your residential care community was scientifically and randomly selected to represent not only your residential care community, but also other comparable residential care communities across the United States. Without your help, it may be impossible to make accurate estimates about the amount and types of care provided to residents in residential care communities like yours.

What’s in it for your residential care community?

Data for comparisons: NPALS data will provide benchmarks, which will allow you to compare your residential care community with other communities like yours.

National and state estimates: By participating, you will contribute to a more complete and accurate picture of the provision and use of residential care communities and services in the United States, which will inform long-term care policies and planning. Visit the NPALS Study Results and Publications page for examples of how NPALS data have been used to produce national and state estimates of residential care communities and residents.

Survey participant materials:

Any questions?

If you have any questions, or need further information, please call the NPALS Help Desk at 1-877-256-8171, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.


Page last reviewed: November 11, 2020