NIC Notes

Insights in Seniors Housing & Care

COVID-19  |  Seniors Housing  |  Skilled Nursing

Leadership Huddle: Adjusting, Innovating, and Earning Trust

By: NIC  |  May 22, 2020

In the fifth installment of NIC’s “Leadership Huddle” webinar series, held Thursday, May 21, NIC Chief Economist Beth Mace and Belmont Village Senior Living President, Mercedes Kerr discussed the impact of COVID-19 on senior living. The discussion drew over a thousand registrations. Mace’s presentation of “The NIC Bluebook: Five Ways COVID-19 Could Affect Senior Living,” gave the huddle it’s title. The presentation kicked off with Mace’s thoughts on the severity, breadth, and duration of the pandemic. Mace pointed to the “astounding” pace of the virus’ spread across the globe, growing by over 2 million new cases in the past month, to a May 19, 2020 total, provided by the John’s Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, of 4,823,479 confirmed cases globally, and 1,508,957 in the U.S. As Mace commented, “the pandemic is here, it’s widespread, and it’s affecting all of us.” While the number of newly confirmed cases each day is flattening, Mace summarized the latest data by saying, “there are still enormous numbers of people that are at risk in this pandemic, and that are being affected by it.”

COVID-19  |  Seniors Housing  |  healthcare  |  telehealth

Pandemic Bolsters Long-Term Healthcare Trends

By: NIC  |  May 21, 2020

Healthcare trends emerging prior to the pandemic are now expected to accelerate as the impact of the disease outbreak unfolds.

COVID-19  |  Ideas and Discussion  |  Seniors Housing

A Rare Opportunity to Build Trust

By: Brian Jurutka  |  May 21, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to threaten millions of frail elders, the seniors housing and care communities in which many of them live face immense challenges. Despite shortages of PPE, testing, and support, operators have had to find ways to care for residents, many of whom require intimate personal contact to assist in activities of daily living, while fending off a highly contagious, invisible, lethal disease that can be spread by asymptomatic or presymptomatic carriers.  

COVID-19  |  Seniors Housing  |  Workforce

Planning for a New Normal as Seniors Housing Reopens

By: NIC  |  May 19, 2020

Even as headlines announce White House and CMS plans to reopen nursing homes, many operators are already planning for a new normal. The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, and still threatens older adults, but operators will have to find ways to protect residents and staff, facilitate social connection, and restart move-ins, likely while the virus remains at large.

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