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Between 1975 and 1985, nursing-home occupancy rates averaged

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Between 1975 and 1985, nursing-home occupancy rates averaged 87 percent of capacity, while admission rates remained constant, at an average of 95 admissions per 1,000 beds per year. Between 1985 and 1988, however, occupancy rates rose to an average of 92 percent of capacity, while admission rates declined to 81 per 1,000 beds per year.

If the statements above are true, which of the following conclusions can be most properly drawn?



(A) The average length of time nursing-home residents stayed in nursing homes increased between 1985 and 1988.

(B) The proportion of older people living in nursing homes was greater in 1988 than in 1975.

(C) Nursing home admission rates tend to decline whenever occupancy rates rise.

(D) Nursing homes built prior to 1985 generally had fewer beds than did nursing homes built between 1985 and 1988.

(E) The more beds a nursing home has, the higher its occupancy rate is likely to be.
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Re: CR-Nursing homes [#permalink] New post 28 May 2008, 16:31
(A) The average length of time nursing-home residents stayed in nursing homes increased between 1985 and 1988.
I think this explains the discrepancy properly. Although admission rates declined, the average length of stay increased and this phenomenon leads to increased occupancy rates.

(B) The proportion of older people living in nursing homes was greater in 1988 than in 1975.
First of all older people are not discussed in passage, and secondly they constitute just a part of entire patients and not the complete part. Moreover this is not discussed in passage above so no conclusion of this sort can be drawn.

(C) Nursing home admission rates tend to decline whenever occupancy rates rise.
Although this can be a plausible conclusion but there is no relationship shown between increased admission rates and declining occupancy rates.

(D) Nursing homes built prior to 1985 generally had fewer beds than did nursing homes built between 1985 and 1988.
Hospital capacity is not discussed in passage above so no conclusion of this sort can be drawn.

(E) The more beds a nursing home has, the higher its occupancy rate is likely to be.
Hospital capacity is not discussed in passage above so no conclusion of this sort can be drawn.

So Answer is A.
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Re: CR-Nursing homes [#permalink] New post 28 May 2008, 17:08
C is the best conclusion from all the choices. You either have more elderly people during 85-88 OR you have nursing home closed down due to bankruptcy (for example). Whatever the case, when there is a short supply of nursing home rooms, it is harder to get into a nursing home. Similar to elite business schools, many people want to get in = low admission rate.

In A, there is no evidence to support this from the passage.

In B, Not discussed in the passage

In D, not mentioned in the passage

In E, seems contrary to the passage
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