Assisted living continues to be the fastest-growing segment of membership for the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living, NCAL said Wednesday in newly issued annual report for 2018.

The total number of assisted living beds represented by members increased 20,404 over the course of the year, NCAL said, going from 230,704 to 251,108.

Assisted living also was the fastest-growing segment of membership for AHCA / NCAL the previous year, when the total number of assisted living beds grew  13,701 to 230,704 from 217,003 in 2016.

Another highlight of 2018, NCAL said, was that Connecticut and Kentucky launched advocacy organizations for assisted living and became NCAL state affiliates. Alabama, California, Nevada, North Carolina and Rhode Island do not have NCAL state affiliates, although providers in all but the latter state can join NCAL to obtain national benefits from AHCA affiliates in those states.

AHCA saw a record number of members in 2018, increasing from 12,258 in 2017 to 13,862 in 2018, AHCA said in a separate report. That number includes skilled nursing, assisted living and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

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