In 2016, the federal government announced plans to expand the number of nursing homes in Canada, adding more than 1,000 nursing homes and adding new types of nursing facilities.
However, the numbers of nursing home patients in Canada and the U.S. are far apart.
Here are the top five nursing home statistics that should concern you.1.
The number of beds available in nursing homesIn 2016, there were 2.6 million nursing home beds available nationwide.
According to the National Council on Aging, that number has risen to 3.2 million beds, or 10 percent of the country’s nursing homes.2.
The cost of careIn 2016 the average cost of a nursing home stay was $7,837 per day, or $10,400 per month, according to the U,S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This compares to $3,500 per day or $2,500 a month in 2015.3.
The percentage of patients with chronic diseaseAt least 10 percent or more of the nursing home population is diagnosed with chronic diseases, according the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
In 2016 the percentage was 14.2 percent.4.
The quality of careThe average nursing home visit costs $1,072, according, the National Association of Social Workers (NASSW), and the average nursing care costs more than $15,000 per year.5.
The proportion of patients receiving medical careAt least 50 percent of nursing-home patients are receiving medical treatment, according research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
In 2016 there were 11.5 percent of U. S. nursing homes with a population of 100,000 or more residents.
This is roughly three times the national average.6.
The amount of money spent on careThe median cost of medical care at a nursing- home was $3.4 million per year, according.
In 2017, the average annual spending was $10.3 million.7.
The length of stayIn 2016 there was a median stay of 5.3 years, according a study by the National Institutes of Health.
In 2018, the median stay was 4.8 years.8.
The rate of hospitalizationThe average hospitalization rate for nursing- homes was 2.4 per 100, 000 residents in 2016, according health care costs from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), a nonprofit health organization that supports the care of mentally ill people.9.
The age and gender of patientsA nurse at a home with a female patient has a 4.4 percent higher chance of dying than a nurse at another home with the same patient, according data from the American Nurses Association (ANA).10.
The types of drugs that are usedIn 2016 researchers from the University of Minnesota reported that the average amount of drugs prescribed for a nursing bed patient was 3,000 doses per year compared to 1,500 for a patient with a mental health condition.11.
The extent of the diseaseA recent study published in Psychiatry Research found that a patient in a nursing facility with dementia had a 10 percent higher likelihood of developing a heart attack and dying.