The recently released NIC MAP® Data, powered by NIC MAP Vision, show that the seniors housing occupancy rate remained unchanged for the aggregated 31 NIC MAP Primary Markets in the second quarter of 2021. However, a recent analysis by NIC Analytics digs further and finds a substantial rise in the share of properties with increasing occupancy rates in 2Q2021.
While it is still early to say if the seniors housing and care market is showing strong and durable signs of a recovery, several indicators from the NIC MAP® Data, powered by NIC MAP Vision, and from NIC Analytics have sparked cautious optimism and suggest that we may be at least at the bottom of the cycle. Occupancy rates may have reached the low point in February and March of 2021; however, the outlook for when occupancy will return to pre-pandemic levels remains a question.
A look back at a year’s worth of data on COVID-19 case counts in U.S. nursing homes reveals some surprising insights, and some important questions. The data indicate that U.S. skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are currently the safest places to be for frail older adults, who are most susceptible to the virus. In fact, case counts within SNFs are down 98% since the December 20th launch of the long-term care vaccination program. By May 16, they accounted for about 0.3% of U.S. cases.