ABOUT THE DATA
A Place for Mom helps hundreds of thousands of families a year. We believe that our partner communities represent well over half of all senior living community residents in the US. When a family calls A Place for Mom, we ask about their care needs, finances and relationship to the prospective resident. We also used the 2010-2014 five-year estimates of the American Community Survey to compile data on median household income and other demographic variables not covered in this report. The analysis samples over 125,000 families who moved into a retirement community, senior apartment, assisted living community, residential care home or memory care community in the US between 2012 and 2015.
ABOUT THE METHODS
To measure the relationships between search length and predictors, we built statistical models that estimate the median, 75th percentile and 90th percentile of days between first contact and move-in as a complex function of the predictors of interest. The statistical models are actually built from thousands of competitions between simpler models containing only a subset of the predictors. Predictor importance is measured by the percent of competitions won by a particular set of predictors. In addition to building these statistical models, we also directly queried our database for key summary statistics.
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