2020 Census Procedures for Nursing Centers and Assisted Living Communities
The US Census Bureau will be conducting its 2020
Census in the spring of 2020, with the goal of counting
every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five US
territories. It is important for everyone, including
seniors, to complete the 2020 census to ensure that
communities are accurately funded. This includes money for things like
Medicare and first responder programs.
information shared is kept confidential by law. Responses are not
shared with law enforcement agencies or state survey agencies.
2020 Census for Nursing Centers
Census Bureau has a process for counting people who live in “group
quarters,” including nursing centers. The Census Bureau wants to help
administrators respond to the census on
behalf of their residents, click here for more information.
Census Bureau will begin contacting nursing centers in February 2020.
They will be collecting information from April through June, requesting
information on the residents living
in the nursing center on April 1. This includes requesting information
on both short-stay residents of skilled nursing facilities and long-stay
residents of nursing homes.
will have several options for how to report the information to the
Census Bureau, including electronically or through drop-off/pick-up
US Census Bureau will be requesting the following information for every
resident or patient of the building: name, sex, date of birth, age on
4/1/2020, race, whether they are
of Hispanic origin, and an alternate address where they live or stay
when not in a group quarters facility.
2020 Census for Assisted Living Communities
process for assisted living communities depends on out the community is
organized. For example, if each resident has an individual mailbox and
the assisted living operates in
a social model, then the Census may be conducted similar as for any
apartment setting. Other assisted living communities may be treated as
group quarters. In the 2010 census, assisted living communities were not
defined as group quarters and had a different
process. The bureau has indicated “group homes” will be considered
group quarters for the 2020 census.
Tips for Providers
- Every Census worker should have a badge to identify they work for the US Census Bureau.
may receive a letter with a unique identifier and phone number to call
to discuss how the census taking will work for their building.
U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your 2020 Census
responses and keep them strictly confidential. The US Census Bureau has
told AHCA/NCAL it is not a HIPAA violation
to provide the requested information. It will not be shared with
surveyors or CMS. The US Census Bureau has published a
public service announcement that shared data will be safe.