Loneliness and isolation were health concerns for older adults before the pandemic and have become more so in the aftermath of the worst of the pandemic period partly due to restrictions and protocols that were put in place within seniors housing communities and health care facilities. A search for publications that mentioned “loneliness” or “isolation” and “older adult(s)” or “older people” produced a result of roughly 19,000 publications in 2013. This number climbed to more than 25,000 in 2019 and spiked to more than 40,000 and 45,000 publications in 2020 and 2021, respectively. While down to roughly 32,000 thus far in 2022 (as of December 15), the level of interest and concern remains elevated.
“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
“Medicaid represents over half of the revenue for skilled nursing properties. It is vital for operators and investors to pay close attention to the reimbursement trends in their states as most states do not cover the cost of care.”
“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%).”