The Senior Living Evolution: Mergers, Affiliations, and the Road Ahead

In the ever-evolving landscape of senior living, game-changing moves aren't just strategic; they're a necessity. From embracing technology and AI to construction trends and adapting to the evolving needs of Baby Boomers, the industry has had to adapt and evolve at an accelerated rate. At Sherman & Roylance, we understand there are numerous factors that shape the industry. 
Today, we are going to explore why more senior living operators are adopting a collaborative approach and steering towards mergers and affiliations. 2022 ended with 527 senior housing and care acquisitions, which is a 17% increase from 2021 and indicative of where the industry is headed. 

Crafting Collaborative Futures: A Closer Look

In the realm of senior housing, the era of the lone ranger is fading. Organizations are seeking synergy through mergers and affiliations, a trend underscored by the recent mid-year M&A report from Ziegler, revealing a 17% consolidation rate among nonprofit senior living communities since 2015.
Consider it a strategic pairing, a tailored process as distinctive as a fingerprint. That being said, the affiliation timeline, even in its swiftest form, takes about six months – a journey characterized by detailed planning and precise alignment. 

Why Affiliation and M&A?

Furthermore, affiliation is a strategic path, but it's not the only one. However, acquisitions are often a quicker option in this dynamic landscape. For Sherman & Roylance, these methods aren't just about growth; they're about adapting to the financial climate of senior housing. With the decrease in single-site providers, the benefits of becoming multisite are crystal clear, mirroring the broader industry trend toward consolidation.

Anticipating Tomorrow: The Implications

The dynamic changes in the senior living landscape have diverse implications. Equally important, this impacts senior living investors, owner-operators, and providers. Forward-thinking leaders recognize the strength in unity, fostering increased collaboration, operational efficiencies, and an enhanced approach. Questions about mergers and acquisitions in senior living? Looking to sell a facility or for support with an exit strategy? Contact Sherman & Roylance today to learn more.