“Positive signals are palpable in Wave 22 results, which reveal upward shifts in organizations reporting acceleration in move-ins and occupancy increases across each of the care segments in the past 30 days. Data compiled in NIC’s Skilled Nursing COVID-19 Tracker clearly illustrates that COVID-19 cases in skilled nursing communities are now falling at a faster pace compared to the U.S. since the launch dates of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in long-term care settings, and more organizations with memory care units and/or nursing care beds reported increases in occupancy than decreases since prior to the fall surge of the coronavirus. The Wave 23 survey, currently collecting data, will explore when operators expect their occupancy rates to return to pre-pandemic levels."
“Significant headway is being made to vaccinate residents and staff in seniors housing and care communities. According to 84 small, medium, and large seniors housing and skilled nursing operators from across the country—ranging in size from single-building operators to operators with hundreds of buildings across their portfolios of properties—considering all care segments, approximately 80% of residents and 50% of staff have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on average, and about 60% of residents and 45% of staff have received their second dose. While educating and motivating staff to be vaccinated continues to be cited as a challenge, the majority of organizations have not made the vaccine mandatory. Although one-quarter of respondents noted an increase in prospect interest specifically related to the availability of the vaccine, the survey data has yet to show an upward trend in occupancy. It will be interesting to see when the trend begins to reverse with greater penetration of the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks and months.”
As we enter a new year, NIC’s Executive Survey Insights is, at the time of this writing, entering it’s twenty-first ‘wave,’ the results of which will be posted right here, on February 11. The report for Wave 20 just posted here on NIC Notes this week. Looking back, it’s possible to see just how closely the survey’s results have mirrored the reality experienced by so many across the industry, and to appreciate the value of this unique tool, as leaders focus anew on navigating an uncertain future.
“A compelling departure from recent surveys, significantly fewer respondents in the Wave 20 survey cited resident or family member concerns as a reason for slower pace of move-ins and/or faster pace of move-outs the past 30-days—and notably fewer survey respondents cited a slowdown in leads conversions/sales. The CDC reports that more than 2.7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered as of January 26 to residents in nursing care, assisted living communities, and other senior living settings. According to Wave 20 survey respondents, four out of five organizations have had their first clinic. Of those organizations, on average, two-thirds of residents (66%) and nearly one-half of staff (47%) have received the first dose of the vaccine, and nine out of ten respondents anticipate that all residents willing to take the vaccine will be vaccinated within two months. More consumers having access to the vaccine in an environment where infection mitigation is the highest priority may encourage prospective residents to move in and improve future occupancy rates.”