“In the Wave 49 survey, respondents were asked when their organization expected to return to pre-pandemic occupancy levels. Across all care segments the most common response was for occupancy to return at some point in the first half of 2023. Independent living (52%) and memory care (53%) operators were the most optimistic respondents, with more than half anticipating their organization’s occupancy levels would return to pre-pandemic levels within the next six months.
“Organizations reporting an increase in the pace of move-ins has held steady now for several consecutive waves. When the BA.4 and BA.5 variant surge occurred in summer of 2022, the rate dropped from more than 50% of operators reporting an increase in the pace of move-ins to the current ~40%. Operators may now be combatting what is being referred to as the ‘tripledemic’ – a collision of RSV, influenza, and COVID-19 that is sickening millions – which may be tempering move-ins. Lead volumes being reported are higher now than in most previous waves, but as noted above with the pace of move-ins holding steady, the reported increase in lead volumes is not yet materializing with move-ins." --Ryan Brooks, Senior Principal, NIC
“Single-site operators and those with between two and nine properties were more likely to be considering product diversification, with single-site operators favoring lower acuity settings (36%) and those with between two and nine properties equally considering lower acuity (20%) and higher acuity settings (20%). With regards to expected changes to various care segments in their portfolio of properties, approximately half of respondents expect to increase the active adult (age 55+) and independent living care segments, while just under one-half (45% and 41%) anticipate increases in their assisted living and memory care segments. When asked about the contributing factors to the acceleration of move-outs, operators cite residents moving to higher levels of care as the leading cause (45%), followed by deaths (35%), resident and family member concerns (10%), natural disasters (5%), and current economic conditions (5%).”
“Increased acuity of residents at move-in is being reported across all care segments, driven by delayed move-ins, but the most cited challenge facing operators – reported by more than 90% of respondents in the Wave 46 survey – is rising operator expenses. Responses to questions on property and professional liability insurance provide additional insight into that sentiment. Just under one-tenth of respondents reported the degree of staffing shortages across their organization to be severe, representing the lowest share of respondents reporting severe staffing shortages in the time this question has been asked. Though labor challenges persist, this may represent a glimmer of relief to the longstanding staffing crisis. Further, the survey results indicate that rent concessions are being offered at fewer properties now than was the case in earlier parts of 2022."