Top Senior Housing Trends for 2024

A new year always brings new challenges and opportunities. In 2024, the senior living industry will have plenty of both. The senior living sector endured a hard year in 2023, starting with multiple stories of operators shutting down or in distress, and ending with assisted living being slammed in the recent Washington Post series. But […]

Why Senior Living Operators’ ‘Real Test’ in Occupancy is Soon to Come

This story is available as part of your SHN+ membership Senior living operators are especially optimistic about the prospect of further occupancy growth in the coming year, at least according to their public comments. But as promising as 2024 seems, I think senior living operators still have a substantial hill left to climb and therefore […]

What’s Behind Recent Senior Living Margin Expansion – And What Lies Ahead

This content is available as part of your SHN+ membership Third quarter earnings calls highlighted the pain to be inflicted by “higher for longer” interest rates, but the calls also revealed positive trends related to the improving operating environment for senior living. In particular, leaders with Welltower (NYSE: WELL), Ventas (NYSE: VTR) and Brookdale (NYSE: […]

Why Senior Living Market Conditions Put REITs in the Driver’s Seat for 2024

This content is available as part of your SHN+ subscription We might be entering a golden age for senior housing REITs, judging by what the top leaders of Welltower (NYSE: WELL) and Ventas (NYSE: VTR) had to say during their companies’ most recent earnings calls. The senior living industry is entering a new period of […]

Ventas Execs: Predictive Analytics, Operator Transitions Are Driving Senior Living Momentum

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) has a “several hundred million dollar” net operating income opportunity right in front of it — provided the company can reach its pre-pandemic census and NOI levels. Overall, the Chicago-based real estate investment trust (REIT) is targeting an 88% occupancy rate and 30% margin in the coming years, Ventas Chairman and CEO Debra […]

Activist Shareholder Land & Buildings Again Spars With Ventas, Alleging ‘Failure of Oversight’

Investment firm Land & Buildings has once again expressed displeasure over the performance of Ventas (NYSE: VTR) and its senior living portfolio. In an open letter to Ventas shareholders, Land & Buildings Founder Jonathon Litt highlighted his grievances against the management of Ventas, including how it has “failed to outperform the Healthcare REIT Index,” its […]

Wave of Operator Switches Points to Evolving Playbook for Senior Living in Smaller Markets

This article available as part of your SHN+ membership Operator transitions have been making headlines over the last few weeks, with many of the handovers involving properties serving middle-market consumers in secondary markets. The recently announced transitions include: The backstories behind these transitions vary, but many of the communities involved are serving a similar consumer […]