While the rate of visitation is known to play a crucial role in nursing home choice and offers positive benefits for residents and staff, this statistic has become even more significant in the face of potentially hundreds of nursing home closures.

Travel time, for one, plays a significant role in visit probability, and in turn nursing home choice, as facilities particularly in rural and underserved areas face closures. Residents and their families are sometimes separated 40-plus miles from each other as operators make the difficult choice to close their doors to the community.

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