NIC Notes

Insights in Seniors Housing & Care

Ryan Brooks

Ryan Brooks

Senior Principal Ryan Brooks works with the research team in providing research, analysis, and contributions in the areas of healthcare collaboration and partnerships, telemedicine implementation, EHR optimization, and value-based care transition. Prior to joining NIC, he served as Clinical Administrator for multiple service lines within the Johns Hopkins Health System, where he focused on patient throughput strategies, regulatory compliance, and lean deployment throughout the organization. Brooks received his Bachelor’s in Health Services Administration from James Madison University and his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.

Business Environment  |  Senior Housing  |  Skilled Nursing  |  Workforce

Executive Survey Insights Wave 50: February 1 to 28, 2023

By: Ryan Brooks  |  March 10, 2023

“In a new question to the ESI, respondents were asked what areas have been impacted by the rising interest rate environment. Purchasing properties was the area most reported to be affected by rising interest rates, followed by the ability to recapitalize properties. Across all care segments, one in twelve operators (8%) indicate that their abilities to purchase, sell, and recapitalize properties have all been impacted by the rising interest rate environment. 

Ideas and Discussion  |  Senior Housing

Are Seniors Better Together? The Effect of Housing Status on Excess Mortality During COVID-19

By: Ryan Brooks  |  March 01, 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for older adults in the U.S., particularly those with existing chronic medical conditions and complex health care needs. Many of the individuals most impacted by COVID-19 reside in nursing homes, a setting that accounted for at least 25% of all COVID-19 deaths. This setting is often conflated with senior housing, even though they are distinct care settings and serve different, although at times overlapping, populations.  

Business Environment  |  Executive Survey Insights  |  Skilled Nursing  |  assisted living  |  staffing

Executive Survey Insights | Wave 49: December 12, 2022 to January 15, 2023

By: Ryan Brooks  |  January 19, 2023

“In the Wave 49 survey, respondents were asked when their organization expected to return to pre-pandemic occupancy levels. Across all care segments the most common response was for occupancy to return at some point in the first half of 2023. Independent living (52%) and memory care (53%) operators were the most optimistic respondents, with more than half anticipating their organization’s occupancy levels would return to pre-pandemic levels within the next six months. 

Business Environment  |  COVID-19  |  Executive Survey Insights  |  Market Trends  |  Senior Housing  |  Skilled Nursing

Executive Survey Insights | Wave 48: November 14 to December 11, 2022

By: Ryan Brooks  |  December 15, 2022

“Organizations reporting an increase in the pace of move-ins has held steady now for several consecutive waves. When the BA.4 and BA.5 variant surge occurred in summer of 2022, the rate dropped from more than 50% of operators reporting an increase in the pace of move-ins to the current ~40%. Operators may now be combatting what is being referred to as the ‘tripledemic’ – a collision of RSV, influenza, and COVID-19 that is sickening millions – which may be tempering move-ins. Lead volumes being reported are higher now than in most previous waves, but as noted above with the pace of move-ins holding steady, the reported increase in lead volumes is not yet materializing with move-ins." --Ryan Brooks, Senior Principal, NIC