A Pandmeic Initiative In spring 2020, responding to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, NIC launched numerous initiatives to help senior living leaders understand and improve their responses to the crisis. Given the pace of change impacting the industry, NIC began to produce a high volume of relevant and timely data and analysis more frequently than ever before. In just a few months, NIC produced an entire suite of resources aimed at improving access to data and analysis relevant to the impact of COVID-19 on the senior housing and care industry. Part of that effort was to release the NIC Intra-Quarterly Snapshot reports, which, like several other pandemic-related NIC initiatives, is still being produced today.
“Lead volumes are improving. In Wave 34 of the survey, one-third of organizations report lead volumes reaching pre-pandemic levels (33%), up from just one-fifth back in April 2021 (20%). During the pandemic new construction lending had slowed sharply. A recent increase in construction lending is reflected in the Wave 34 survey where 41% of respondent organizations now expect their development pipelines to increase.
In March and April of 2021, researchers from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC) and the nonpartisan and objective research organization, NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC). spoke with a dozen senior housing and care operators about their experiences, challenges, and successes throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency during 2020. Discussion topics included workflow changes implemented in response to various state and federal requirements, testing strategies employed, PPE access, challenges with dementia care residents, interventions to address loneliness and social isolation, and efforts to vaccinate residents and staff.
"In the Wave 33 survey, roughly 50% of respondents with senior living residences report that the pace of move-ins accelerated in the past 30-days—a notable increase from the prior survey. The shift was smaller for nursing care. Increased resident demand was the primary reason for acceleration in move-ins. Operators have suffered pandemic-related vacancies and myriad unplanned expenses and NOI has been pressured.