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About half of nursing homes saw declines in their occupancy rates last month, according to data collected from owners and executives at 180 seniors housing and skilled nursing operators from across the nation last week.

The survey was conducted by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care. The reductions were slightly lower among independent living, assisted living and memory care units, which reported occupancy declines of 32%, 29% and 26%, respectively.

Most respondents also reported that the pace of move-in rates decelerated during the past 30 days. The largest percentage of slowing move-ins was reported for assisted living (55%) and independent living (53%).

When it comes to how executives are back-filling staffing shortages amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, most organizations indicate that their properties are increasing overtime hours, and almost half are using agencies or temporary staff.

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