Seventy percent of skilled nursing facility operators saw declines in their occupancy rates compared with one month ago, according to data collected from owners and executives at 146 senior housing and skilled nursing operators from across the nation April 1 to 12. More than half (54%) of assisted living units also reported occupancy rate decreases. 

The survey was conducted by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care. The reductions in the first half of April were slightly lower among independent living and memory care units, which reported occupancy declines of 39% and 36%, respectively.

The nursing care segment also saw the largest deceleration of move-ins in the past 30 days, based on the survey results. This change likely was driven by fewer hospitals discharging patients to post-acute care settings for rehabilitative therapy. Many hospitals are postponing elective procedures while the pandemic continues.

The data also showed that although most organizations continued to report no change in the pace of move-outs by segment, a larger share of respondents reported an increase in move-outs across the board compared with data collected during the first wave of the survey, March 24 to 31.

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