The impact of state nursing home bed relocation policy in Ohio

April 10, 2018


  • Shahla Mehdizadeh
  • Philip E. Sauer
  • Ian "Matt" Nelson
  • Cassandra Hua

As Ohio's population aged and shifted across county lines, an imbalance in the supply of nursing home beds to 65+ population has occurred. For example, in 2008 the ratio of nursing home beds to 65+ population varied from a high of 130 beds per 1,000 persons aged 65 and older in Holmes County to a low of 20 in Portage County. Faced with this disparity the Ohio legislation passed a law that allows controlled transfer of beds across counties. This brief report examines the impact of this legislation and other industry changes between 2009 and 2015 and expected changes to come by 2010.


  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Long-Term Care Policy and Financing