National Public Radio compiled an interactive database about the independence level of residents at about 16,000 nursing homes around the United States.
Users can pick a state, county, then an individual facility to see what percent of residents are able to do certain daily tasks on their own. NPR used the information after it was made public under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.
NPR organized information from an annual census survey by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
By organizing this information electronically, NPR was able to analyze this information and find trends that have been used in a series called, "Home or Nursing Home."