White Papers

NIC regularly publishes white paper reports authored by both NIC experts and by industry partners. These white papers are provided to increase the transparency and understanding of the senior housing and care sector.

Utilizing Dementia Medicare Data for More Informed Underwriting

The aging of the U.S. population and the growing incidence of dementia make understanding the local prevalence of this disease more important than ever for planning senior housing projects.

Data show that degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s are more prevalent in certain parts of the country than others. Understanding these patterns can make feasibility analyses more precise and reliable, while allowing for a better targeting of supply and demand.

In a World with COVID-19: Senior Housing & Care Impacts, Advocacy Efforts & Financing Solutions to Support Growth

While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every individual, family and industry, the long-term care and seniors housing sectors were among some of the most heavily impacted. With industry-wide challenges, including historically low occupancy levels, staffing burnout and shortages, higher operating costs and decreased revenue, owners, operators and lending partners needed to get creative to develop financing solutions and other initiatives and advocacy efforts in order to remain viable and provide proper care for long-term care residents.

Capitalizing on Deal-Making Conditions in Skilled Nursing

The skilled nursing industry saw deal-making conditions improve dramatically in 2021. How can operators take advantage? Sellers are abundant, and financing is readily available, creating opportunities for small operators to expand. Plentiful capital also means sellers shouldn’t lack for bidders.

Voices from the Field

Researchers at NIC and NORC at the University of Chicago spoke with senior housing and care operators about their experiences, challenges, and successes through the early months of the  COVID-19 public health emergency.

Pandemic Financing Opportunities for Healthcare Facility Owners

Between skyrocketing operating costs, stagnating occupancy rates, increasing stress on residents and staff, and sharply falling unit prices, facility owners are working with limited cash flow. Access to capital is more important than ever, but the lending market can prove tough to navigate. Learn how the right refinance package can lower your monthly payments and allow cash out for pandemic-related improvements.

Rethinking Demand: Considering a Life Expectancy Perspective

Demand analysis for seniors housing is both an art and a science. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many seniors housing markets experienced excess supply pushing occupancy levels to record lows as supply exceeded demand.

Looking Into the Future: How Much Seniors Housing Will Be Needed?

The report from NIC’s Chief Economist Beth Burnham Mace and Research Statistician Anne Standish estimates the number of seniors housing units that will be needed through 2040 using the most recent U.S. Census population projections. Since projections are as much art as they are science, they have also created a few scenarios that project needed new supply based on different penetration rates and different household age cohorts.


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