Survey: Senior Living Occupancy Not Affected by Coronavirus

A recent survey conducted by Activated Insights and the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care showed that coronavirus has not negatively impacted occupancy levels at senior living facilities. And, in some cases, facilities are seeing increased occupancy. The survey took place over the phone with 19 operators representing 1,078 buildings and 100,899 units across independent living, assisted living, and continuing care retirement communities.

 

While some reports have claimed families are removing their elderly loved ones from senior housing amid the current crisis, this snapshot of senior living communities across the U.S. is showing the opposite. In the small study, they found that 79% of participating senior living operators saw no significant changes in move-outs or occupancy levels so far. Many operators have stopped move-ins during this time, while others have allowed pre-scheduled move-ins with careful screening and extra precautions.

 

Additionally, 21% of operators reported increased occupancy, which some attribute to families and loved ones realizing they are not in a good position to take care of the elderly at home. Many families are adjusting to working from home and having their kids at home all day.

 

Since senior living communities are taking extra measures to disinfect, clean, and screen residents and staff, these facilities could be one of the safer places to be.

 

Read the full article from McKnight’s Senior Living.

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