The pandemic disruption in all its forms continues to test and challenge the senior housing sector. But the level of agility, preparedness and responsiveness among senior housing operators has never been higher and remains a tailwind for senior housing demand, as measured by the change in occupied stock. In this analysis, we examine the drop and subsequent recovery in the level of occupied units by majority property type since the pandemic began to influence the senior housing sector, over the period from 1Q 2020 to 4Q 2021, and across the 31 NIC MAP Primary Markets and the 68 NIC MAP Secondary Markets Aggregates.
In the years ahead, millions of aging middle-income Americans will need a reasonably priced housing and care option. But innovative ideas are vital to solve the issue of affordability. Cutting-edge strategies for the senior housing middle market will be shared by the industry’s top leaders and stakeholders at a session during the 2022 NIC Spring Conference in Dallas (March 23-25.)
The Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by 678,000 in February 2022. This was stronger than market expectations of an increase of 423,000 and occurred despite the impact of omicron on the economy. Revisions added 92,000 to total payrolls in the previous two months. Nevertheless, nonfarm payrolls were still down by 2.1 million or 1.4% from their pre-pandemic level in February 2020.
Stakeholders at 2021 NIC Fall Conference weigh in on the latest trends. Considering the dramatic impact of the pandemic on senior housing and care, it’s surprising how well valuations have held up over the last two years. Investors like what they see. The worst seems to be over as the Omicron variant subsides. Occupancy is recovering. Demand is projected to only get stronger from pent-up demand in the near-term and demographic trends in the longer term.