• The Vaccine and Census

    The COVID-19 vaccine was supposed to solve the census crisis brought on by the virus, but it is not happening fast enough. Optimism still exists, however. A lot has been riding on the success of the vaccine rollout, for everyone personally as well as for the entire senior care industry. But I am worried. When I hear that certain areas are running... Read More »
  • Senior Living Investment Brokerage Closes Rocky Mountain Transaction

    An institutional owner engaged Brad Clousing, Jason Punzel and Jeff Binder of Senior Living Investment Brokerage to sell two senior living communities in two western states. Totaling a combined 107 units, split between 61 independent living and 46 assisted living units, the deal included a community built in 1995 in Cody, Wyoming and... Read More »
  • Marcus & Millichap Duo Sell Tucson Community

    Alex Snyder and Hamid Panahi of Marcus & Millichap’s Tucson, Arizona office didn’t have to go far for their latest seniors housing deal, selling an 80-unit assisted living community in their hometown of Tucson. They represented both the merchant developer seller and regional owner/operator buyer (both also based in Tucson), the latter of... Read More »
  • Northmarq Refinances Washington State Seniors Housing

    Northmarq’s Stuart Oswald, senior vice president and managing director of the firm’s Seattle office, arranged a $35 million refinance of a 136-unit senior living community in Tacoma, Washington. Built in phases from the 1980s to the 1990s, the community provides independent living, assisted living and memory care services in a combination of... Read More »
  • JLL Announces Seniors Housing Portfolio Deal

    The JLL team got off to a prolific start this January, already handling a couple of transactions across 17 seniors housing properties. The big one involved the sale of 16 seniors housing communities previously owned by a publicly traded REIT. Totaling more than 1,800 units, these communities were located in three states and consisted of... Read More »
The Vaccine and Census

The Vaccine and Census

The COVID-19 vaccine was supposed to solve the census crisis brought on by the virus, but it is not happening fast enough. Optimism still exists, however. A lot has been riding on the success of the vaccine rollout, for everyone personally as well as for the entire senior care industry. But I am worried. When I hear that certain areas are running out of vaccines, when I hear that it may not be as effective with some of the new strains entering our country, when I hear from some providers that up to 50% of their staff have decided not to get vaccinated, well, what does that say about how and when we will recover from this devastating virus? There is some optimism out there, with one... Read More »
The Welltower Census Decline

The Welltower Census Decline

Welltower’s seniors housing partners continue to suffer from census declines and operating costs. We do appreciate the transparency that Welltower has been providing investors, but boy does it provide a window onto what is happening. In its monthly update, Welltower informed us that it suffered its worst monthly census decline since May. December’s SHOP occupancy fell 100 basis points from November, compared with -70 basis points in November and -170 basis points in May. With the pandemic spreading, census dropped another 85 basis points to just 75.3% as of January 15. Not looking forward to everyone’s fourth quarter earnings calls. Move-ins were the lowest in six months, and... Read More »
The Welltower Census Decline

Assisted Living Is Not A Nursing Home

The media continues to throw all seniors housing into the nursing home basket. It has to stop now, especially in this time of COVID. Here I go again, or better yet, here goes the uninformed New York Times again. In a story last week called, “Voices From Inside Nursing Homes,” I didn’t know whether these would be the voices of workers, or the residents who felt isolated with little social interaction. It was mostly neither. It was voices from children of residents, and in two cases, the resident; one “voice” was that of a staffer. The problem was that most were not voices from nursing homes. They were from a residential care facility, a seniors housing complex, an assisted living community,... Read More »
The Welltower Census Decline

Active Adult: Is Now The Time

The active adult market may fill a lot of voids in seniors housing, including price points and attracting younger “seniors.” Join our webinar as we dissect the market with industry leaders and see how these new properties are trading in the market. First of all, Happy New Year. It has got to be better than the last one. The coronavirus pandemic has certainly disrupted the senior living industry, at least for now. Are consumers going to be afraid of moving into a senior living community once the vaccine is widely distributed? Will cost become a more  important factor for choosing the type of community to move into? How about paying for what you only want or need? These will... Read More »
The Welltower Census Decline

Saying Goodbye To 2020

It’s time to put 2020 to rest, and in 2021 we will all do our best. If you happen to be listening to this on Christmas Eve Hopefully you will remember it came from Steve As you know, 2020 was a terrible year And in our industry, it brought little cheer What with shortages of tests and PPE Let’s not forget those of us who ran out of TP COVID was nasty, don’t we all know And it cost the providers a lot of dough Blame was cast by the media for sure But your resilience means we will all endure There’s no time to waste, the message still needs to get out That you are a safe place to live, there is no doubt So, as we journey into another year anew I wish you health and happiness in all you... Read More »
The Welltower Census Decline

The Vaccine Is Here, Now What

The coronavirus vaccine appeared sooner than most people expected, but the roll out may be bumpy.  Senior care providers and residents are about to be the first people vaccinated against COVID-19. That is great news, and putting your politics aside, no one, me included, thought this would happen before year end. But it did. Now what? The media loves to film the first person getting a shot, but the full roll out will be a bit more cumbersome than the staff at a single hospital. Nursing homes and assisted living communities are on the priority list, but because their residents are healthier, IL communities are not. They will have to wait. And that is wrong. The big unknown is how many... Read More »