Occupancy at skilled nursing facilities took a hit following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic after showing signs of stabilization for several quarters, new data from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) reveals.
The NIC Intra-Quarterly Snapshot showed that occupancy for nursing care facilities fell 2.2 percentage points to 84.7% in April, the first full month of the pandemic. In April 2019, stabilized occupancy was 87% for nursing care.
“You often see skilled nursing properties work with patients as they come out of hospitals from elective surgeries for rehab. That had an impact on this data, as well. That explains some of the drop, that 220 basis point decline,” she added.