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Assisted Living


John O'Connor

Temporary relief for senior living’s biggest challenge?

Ask any senior living operator what fuels the most semi-sleepless nights, and you’d best settle in for a lengthy conversation. From COVID-19’s massive destruction, to tougher competition, to increased regulatory oversight, to more lawsuits, to higher insurance costs and more, the list goes on. It also seems to grow by the day. But there is…


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Concerns grow that pandemic relief bill will accelerate ongoing shift to HCBS

The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Saturday includes billions of dollars in new funding for government long-term services and supports for frail older adults and young people with disabilities. Many long-term care experts, however, worry that the bill’s most far-reaching change may be a temporary funding increase for Medicaid home- and community-based services that exclude nursing care.

CCRCs / Life Plan Communities

CCRC occupancy drops to record low in fourth quarter but remains much higher than other occupancies

Average occupancy within life plan communities fell another 90 basis points in the fourth quarter, dropping to a new record low of 85.7%, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care’s NIC MAP Data Service. These latest data bring the cumulative drop in occupancy with the life plan community sector to 3.5% since the pandemic began.



Mark Parkinson speaking

Industry pursues two avenues for coronavirus relief as long-term care observes ‘most difficult year’

American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living President and CEO Mark Parkinson said the organizations are pursuing two avenues for coronavirus relief for operators since the $1.9 trillion package expected to land on President Biden’s desk by the end of the week does not contain any funding directly for healthcare providers, more specifically for long-term care.


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Record-breaking $1.09B disbursed for affordable housing as provider group lobbies for $1.2B in COVID relief

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s announcement of the authorization of a record-breaking $1.09 billion disbursement to the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac affordable housing allocations “will undoubtedly increase the supply of affordable senior housing,” LeadingAge Vice President of Housing Policy Linda Couch said. The news comes as LeadingAge advocates for senators to prioritize the 2.5 million people in HUD-assisted senior housing who were left out of the House-passed COVID-19 relief package.


Skilled nursing occupancy hit new record low of 71.7% in December: NIC

Just as recent efforts to vaccinate long-term care patients and frontline healthcare workers began at the end of December, occupancy at the nation’s skilled nursing facilities reached its lowest level since the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care first began collecting these data in 2012. Census rates for December fell to 71.7%, a decline of 13.3 percentage points since February of last year, according to findings from the NIC MAP Data Service.


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