The National Nursing Home Survey provides demographic information on people living in nursing homes. Of the approximately 1.5 million people who were 65 years and over and living in nursing homes in 1999, an estimated 236,300 (16.1%) had a mental disorder as their primary diagnosis when they were admitted. Other people in nursing homes may have mental disorders that were not their primary diagnosis upon admission, and others may have developed mental disorders after admission.
Over 20% of the 1,469,500 nursing home residents 65 years and over (315,400 people) received mental health services during the 30 days preceding the survey interview.
Source: Jones (2002)
Surveys: National Nursing Home Survey, 1999