More organizations that deliver care for those with greater needs — including skilled nursing and memory care units — have been reporting occupancy improvements, according to data collected from the most recent Executive Survey results from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care. 

The latest survey — Wave 11 — included responses collected between Aug. 17 and Aug. 30 from owners and executives across 56 senior living communities and skilled nursing facilities. 

The survey found that increased resident demand continued to be cited as the primary reason for accelerations in move-ins in the past 30 days. 

“Hospital placement — due to more elective surgeries and rehabilitation therapies resuming — has grown considerably since Wave 9 (responses collected June 22 to July 5, 2020),” said Lana Peck, senior principal with NIC. 

Also notable in this wave of the survey was that, compared with all other waves, the shares of organizations reporting a decrease in the pace of move-outs for their independent living care segment increased to their highest level. Although one-third of organizations report a backlog of residents waiting to move in, however, most organizations — about seven in 10 — do not, the survey found.