Senior Housing Occupancy Hit New Record-Low of 78.8%

In the first three months of the year, U.S. senior occupancy fell to a new record-low level, of 78.8%. That occupancy rate was 1.8 percentage points lower than in Q4 2020 and 8.7 percentage points lower than a year prior, according to NIC MAP Vision data released Thursday. Assisted living occupancy was even lower, hitting […]

Senior Housing Lending Picks Up, But Debt Market Still ‘Out of Whack’ In Some Ways

Lenders in the senior housing space are becoming increasingly active and confident, but the Covid-19 pandemic is still affecting the debt markets in some significant and unusual ways. For instance, the relationship between loan-to-value (LTV) and debt service coverage is “kind of out of whack,” Steven Schmidt, national director and production manager for seniors housing […]

Bloomberg: 36 Senior Living Muni Debt Issues Fell Into Default Last Year

Three-dozen municipal debt issues for senior living communities fell into default in 2020, and five more borrowers have failed to make payments this year. That’s according to an analysis published last week by Bloomberg. A previous analysis, done by Municipal Market Analytics in Aug. 2020, showed 23 retirement communities had reported first-time defaults on municipal […]

Senior Living Occupancy Hit Record Low in Q4 2020

Senior living occupancy rates have reached a new low as pressures from the Covid-19 pandemic continue. Furthermore, the number of senior living operators with occupancy rates below the market average grew in 2020. But the prospect of a vaccine on the horizon offers a glimmer of hope for the coming year. U.S. senior housing occupancy […]

Top Senior Housing Trends for 2021

Among the many lessons that Covid-19 drove home in 2020: No one can predict what the future holds. But as the senior living industry battles the latest wave of infections and starts to beat back the pandemic through vaccination, it’s also more important than ever to look ahead and try to identify what trends will […]

From Boise to Walla Walla: Why Smaller Markets Are Ripe for Senior Living Development

Big players in the senior living industry have for years targeted dense, populated markets for new projects or acquisitions — but these are far from the only opportunities out there. Other senior living companies have chosen the road less taken by focusing on less-dense secondary and tertiary markets such as Boise, Idaho; Omaha, Nebraska; and […]

Senior Housing Occupancy Falls to Another Record Low in Q3

Covid-19 continues to adversely affect senior housing occupancy, which reached another record low in the third quarter of 2020, according to data released by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). The average occupancy rate across NIC’s 31 primary markets fell to 82.1% – a 2.6 percentage point decline from the second […]

Holiday, Brookdale, LCS Adopt New Workforce Practices During Covid-19 ‘Reinvention’

The coronavirus pandemic has challenged senior living providers like perhaps never before — but it’s also given them a chance to reinvent the way they’re recruiting and retaining employees. Put another way, the pandemic and all of its pressures have acted almost as an “unscheduled audit,” according to Lilly Donohue, CEO of Winter Park, Florida-based […]