Average Time in Long-Term Care Facilities

Do you know of research that shows the average length of time people spend in long-term care facilities?  Someone told me it was 2 and a half years, but I'd like to see the research that would back that number up.

Greg in Texas, 42

The average stay in a nursing facility is 1.5 - 2.5 years. But that number can vary widely.  Some people come in very young but very sick. Others are admitted at a more advanced age and may not be cognitively impaired in any way. Others need total care for all of their activities of daily living (ADLs). Some people are greatly enhanced upon moving into a facility since they get three regular meals each day, and are kept clean and properly medicated.  Sometimes an individual who has been socially isolated before moving to a facility starts to blossom.  Being around people who care, and having social activities to stimulate the mind and body can have a very positive influence on an individual.

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