Occupancy rates fell throughout most senior living sectors during Q1 2017 to an average of 89.3 percent, according to the latest data from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC).
Independent living occupancy dipped by 0.2 percentage points to 90.9 percent, while assisted living occupancy was 87.2 percent, about 0.5 percentage points lower than the last quarter of 2016.
Not all senior housing sectors were down this quarter, however. The occupancy rates in the skilled nursing sector rose to 87.2 percent this quarter from 86.8 percent at the end of 2016, thanks in part to an inventory growth rate of almost zero in this sector.
Meanwhile the annual inventory growth rate across all senior housing sectors increased slightly to 3.4 percent this quarters. New construction in Q1 2017 began on 2,845 units, split nearly evenly between independent living and assisted living.