The National Real Estate Investor had an interesting article about declining occupancy levels at nursing homes.  Occupancy levels at nursing homes around the country have hit 82.2 percent, a five-year low for the skilled nursing profession, according the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). A notable drop in skilled mix, the industry term referring to the level of nursing and other patient care administered in nursing homes, was the main driver of the overall dip in nursing home occupancy, according to NIC’s report.

The five-year low suggested that fundamental changes in the seniors housing industry, including government-mandated payment processes, are happening, according to officials at the NIC.

The Centers for Disease Control found that in 2014 there were 15,600 nursing homes delivering long-term care in the United States. That was down from the 15,700 nursing homes that delivered care in 2012.

That finding aligned with the dip in residents in nursing homes, too. In 2014, there were an estimated 1,369,700 residents in nursing homes, down from 1,383,700 in nursing homes in 2012.

While noting the decline in nursing homes, the CDC also found an increase in occupants at residential care communities. In 2012, about 713,300 elder Americans were in residential care communities, and by 2014 the number had increased to 835,200. Also, the number of adult day care service centers remained steady from 2012 to 2014, at 4,800.

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