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Census 2020: Counting Those in Nursing Homes

The 2020 census has started, and seniors need to be counted.

The U.S Constitution mandates that the federal government conduct a census every 10 years. Information from the census is used to determine how many representatives each state sends to Congress as well as where hundreds of billions of dollars from federal programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, nutrition assistance and supportive housing, is allocated. In addition, communities rely on census data to apportion services like new roads, schools, libraries and emergency services.  Think of it as America’s 10-year checkup.

For individuals who reside in group quarters, the Census Bureau will appoint a group quarters administrator to ensure that all residents are counted.  For residents of a nursing facility, this means that the facility’s administrator, not the individual, completes the census forms to count that individual.

For more information about the 2020 census, click here.

For more information on group quarters, click here.

For more information about the responsibilities of the Group Quarters Administrator, click here.