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August 16, 2006
Contact: Richard P. Grimes
703-894-1805, ext. 210

2006 Overview Available for Purchase

Alexandria, VA — The just-released 2006 Overview of Assisted Living provides senior housing providers, associations, and other professionals essential facts and figures about assisted living to use when defining the business to investors, media, consumers, and others.  

The research report is a collaborative effort of American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Assisted Living Federation of America, American Seniors Housing Association, National Center for Assisted Living, and the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry, with underwriting support from Direct Supply and K&B Underwriters. The Overview is the most comprehensive effort to detail key benchmarks in the assisted living business.

Among the data revealed in this study:

Community Type and Unit Mix 32% of responding communities are freestanding assisted living; 24%, assisted living and dementia; 17%, continuing care retirement communities; 13%, combination assisted and independent living; 8%, combination assisted living and nursing facility; and 5%, freestanding dementia.

Primary Payment Plans 51% of responding communities offer tiered pricing for bundled services and 22% offer one all-inclusive rate.

Occupancy Median occupancy in freestanding assisted living is 95 percent.

Resident Demographics and ADL Needs The median age of female residents is 87, the median age of males is 85. Residents’ median annual income is $15,668. Average ADLs: 2

Services 97% of freestanding assisted living communities provide three meals per day in basic rates; and 40% provide assistance with ADLs in basic rates, while 60 percent provide assistance with extra charge.

Staffing The median number of full-time-equivalent employees at responding communities is 25.

The 2006 Overview is the single-most important effort to provide core national metrics that can be updated every one or two years. To order, visit the Web sites of any of the organizations responsible for the report:,,,, and Cost is $125

Limited copies are available for free to press. Contact ALFA President/CEO Rick Grimes at 703.894.1805.

About the Assisted Living Federation of America
The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally operated assisted living communities for seniors. ALFA’s member-driven programs promote business and operational excellence through national conferences, research, publications, and executive networks. ALFA works to influence public policy by advocating for informed choice, quality care, and accessibility for all Americans

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