Small-House Senior Living in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Matthew McMurtrey:

In the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for small-house senior living operations may increase. According to a recent Harris Poll survey, over one-third of urban dwellers have stated that the COVID-19 crisis has prompted them to consider moving to less densely populated areas.

Whether or not more intense population densities increase the propensity of a disease to spread more quickly from person to person is debatable. However, an individual’s ability to remain isolated during a pandemic statistically decreases the odds of becoming infected. As a result of the nation’s recent efforts to stay isolated and become more self-reliant, the benefits of small-house senior living arrangements make the model an increasingly attractive option for investors and developers alike.

In a Senior Housing News article released on June 3, 2020, Tim Regan dives into an interesting exploration of the success of small-house senior living operations in preventing the spread of COVID-19, the likelihood of the small-house concept becoming more prevalent in future senior housing developments and the inherent obstacles which must be overcome in order to make the small-house model work.

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