One in five operators saw an uptick in skilled care occupancy levels last week, according to responses provided by owners and executives at 100 seniors housing and skilled nursing operators nationwide. That said, 36% of the participants continued to report declines in occupancy for skilled nursing in the past seven days. Respondents with independent living and memory care units also reported slightly higher shares of improving occupancy rates from a week prior.
Findings came in the sixth consecutive weekly survey conducted by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.
Other potentially positive signs of occupancy improvements included a slightly lower percentage of operators reporting decelerations of move-ins last week compared to one week prior. Most organizations, however, reported that move-ins slowed in the past month. Additionally, the percentage of respondents citing an organization-imposed ban on move-ins decreased from 59% two weeks ago to 46% last week. Moreover, fewer respondents cited resident or family member concerns about moving residents in or out of communities.