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Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences
In 2000, there were 17,000 nursing homes in the United States housing about 1.5 million residents over the age of 65. Approximately 75% of long-term residents are women. The average length of stay for residents is 2.5 years, so in essence the nursing home becomes their home. Those who are in these long-term care facilities are generally characterized as frail elderly adults who suffer from a host of chronic and acute diseases and conditions. They are most likely cognitively impaired and have a great number of limitations in their activities of daily living (ADL). In addition, data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 1999-2000 indicated that 28% of nursing facility residents required assistance with eating and 19.2% were totally dependent on eating assistance.
Pitcher, Cindy L., "Malnutrition in the Elderly in Long-Term Care Facilities" (2007). Undergraduate Honors Capstone Projects. 683.
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