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.
The senior living industry has adapted and evolved through the COVID-19 pandemic. In the latest NIC Leadership Huddle, titled “Trends That Will Shape Senior Living Post-Pandemic,” subject matter experts discussed how the pandemic has shaped the industry, and how some changes will likely remain. They explored trends to watch for, both short term and long term – and identified best practices to help operators and their capital providers stay ahead of the curve.
“Executive Survey Insights results suggest that the seniors housing and care market fundamentals may have reached a turning point at the end of March 2021. According to survey respondents, leads volume continues to grow and the shares of organizations reporting accelerations in move-ins continues to trend positively. These leading indicators have been translating into higher occupancy rates since the Wave 25 survey, conducted in the latter half of March.”