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Coming of Age: Retirement Communities in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld has Been Updated


As the population ages and requires more care, trends of the past five years, the Retirement Communities industry will flourish. Improvements in the housing market will also support growth, since home equity can be used to pay costs associated with entry into retirement communities. Banks and private equity entities are beginning to view retirement homes and assisted living as a desirable sector again, and the major real estate investment trusts in senior housing are well-positioned to invest again. Many of the acquisitions expected during the coming years will likely remain with distressed properties, and high-end properties are unlikely to be sold. Finally, industry operators will adjust services and facilities to attract more knowledgeable and educated residents by incorporating more technology and adapting to new markets. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Retirement Communities industry in its growing industry report collection.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 26, 2012

The Retirement Communities industry is anticipated to exhibit accelerated growth in the next two decades. An aging population and growing need for dementia care (for people with memory impairment) are stimulating much of the industry's growth. Retirement communities provide a number of services for seniors who suffer from chronic illnesses to assist them with activities of daily living. “Over the past five years, the number of assisted living facilities that provide dementia care has risen as a proportion of total facilities,” says IBISWorld industry analyst Anna Son. “On the other hand, companies that do not include these services have suffered by the changes in the housing market and economy.” While the industry exhibits some resistance to the recession, a poor housing market hampers individuals' ability to move into a community. As a result, the housing market's downturn over the past five years has mitigated industry revenue growth. During this period, IBISWorld estimates that industry revenue will average annual growth of 2.8% to $51.3 billion in the five years to 2012, including a projected 3.3% increase in 2012.

Retirement Communities industry profitability has been pressured slightly since 2007, mainly due to costs associated with regulation compliance. Although the recession restrained new construction, “the industry has benefited from a cutback in the supply of facilities,” Son says, “which increased occupancy levels in existing facilities. As a result, higher occupancy rates were able to buoy the industry's profit margins, offsetting the declines in demand from those affected by the recession.”

During the five years to 2017, an improving economic environment, an aging population, healthcare reform legislation and new service offerings will facilitate industry growth. In addition, technological advances and new architectural designs will play a crucial role in industry growth as demand for innovative amenities strengthens. As the housing market improves, more seniors will be able to sell their homes and pay resident fees. However, the unstable commercial construction market will keep the supply of retirement and assisted-living facilities low, despite expected increased finances for this market. As a result, mergers and acquisitions are expected to become more common, with the number of industry companies projected to decrease in the five years to 2017. Many of the acquisitions made during the coming years will likely remain with distressed properties, and high-end properties are unlikely to be sold. Major company Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is focused on taking advantage of the fragmented industry and plans to continue acquiring through selectively purchasing assets of existing operating companies of individual communities. For more information, visit IBISWorld's Retirement Communities in the US industry report page.

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This industry includes companies that primarily provide residential and personal care services for the elderly and other individuals who are unable to fully care for themselves or who desire to live in a community facility. The industry excludes companies that predominantly provide inpatient nursing, skilled nursing or rehabilitative services.

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