Residential Assisted Living Facility Investing

Why would you be interested in residential assisted living facility investing when you could stick with single-family and multifamily homes?

Residential assisted living facilities have the potential to provide a greater return on investment than other types of properties. Also, the country is aging and needs a place to live its golden years. This type of investing should be pretty lucrative in the coming years. 

Below you will find a simplistic guide that explains the fundamentals of this emerging investment opportunity. Keep reading to see if residential assisted living facilities are a promising addition to your portfolio. 

Check out our video replay with residential assisted living facility investment expert Isabelle Guarino Smith. 

What Is Residential Assisted Living? 

Residential assisted living is a group home for seniors that helps the residents with their daily lives. The help runs the gamut from hygiene, eating, and physical therapy. These are typically in single-family home neighborhoods with homes made accessible for seniors.

These are not nursing homes, nor is it independent living. It's somewhere in between.

Is Residential Assisted Living Facility Investing Feasible?

Yes, residential assisted living facilities are a reliable investment. The facilities are a reliable investment because of demographics. Like Bob Dylan says, "The times they are a-changin'."  

Let me show you how times are changing. To put a finer point on it, let me show you how the US is getting older. There are more than 73 million baby boomers in the United States aged 70 or older. By 2030, all boomers will be at least 65. In general, US citizens are living longer, and in 2034 there will be more older adults than under 18 children for the first time in history. 

More elderly means increased demand for certain goods and services. One of those goods and services might be a residential assisted living facility. You can take advantage of this inevitable shift in the country's demographics by investing in a facility. After all, aging boomers will need a place to stay.

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Debunking 7 Common Residential Assisted Living Misconceptions

If you're anything like me, you hear "assisted living facilities" and think of bed sores and elder abuse. It doesn't have to be like that, though. Here is a list of 7 common misconceptions. 

#1 You have to work at the home

The facility is an investment that is similar to your other assets. But it's also a business. As with any business, you will need to dedicate time to the front end to become operational. One aspect of this involves hiring staff. You do not have to work at the home.

#2 Liability insurance is expensive

Insurance does cost money. However, if you shop around, you'll be able to find the appropriate amount of coverage for the right price.

#3 Seniors all died from COVID

Seniors did not all die from COVID. While they were the most at risk and constituted the most deaths, many older people still need a place to retain their dignity and call home. Also, aging boomers are entering this market, so there will be plenty of residents on the horizon.

#4 Good employees are hard to find

Good employees might be hard to find for huge nursing homes. Those types of homes have a 50 to 1 resident-to-employee ratio. With that many people, it's hard for anyone to give the required level of care and attention. In contrast, a residential assisted living facility has a much lower resident-caregiver ratio, meaning better care.

#5 You don't need medical experience

You didn't need to be a contractor or real estate agent to invest in real estate. It might have helped, but it wasn't a requirement. Likewise, you don't need to have medical experience. It might help, but it is not a requirement. 

#6 HOAs can't prevent you from creating one

The Federal Fair Housing Act outweighs and supersedes any complaints. 

#7 Seniors can't afford the service

Since the pandemic began, boomers have a combined wealth of $71 trillion. This means they have the money to spend on dignified housing for the final stretch of their lives. 

3 Simple Routes To Investing

Here are the three ways to invest in residential assisted living: 

  1. own the real estate and lease it to an operator
  2. own the real estate and operate the business
  3. private lender or partner

#1 If you own the real estate and lease it to an operator, you are a preferred real estate provider. That's important for you as a real estate investor because you potentially:

  • get twice fair market rent 
  • have long-term, low-impact tenants
  • have little or no maintenance

#2 You own the real estate and operate the business. Owning the real estate and owning the company might be profitable. Here's why–the average cost of care in an assisted living facility is $4,500 per month. There are no standard configurations for a residential assisted living facility. Still, anywhere from 6-16 people can stay on your property.

#3 You act as a private lender or partner. Maybe you have cash, and you invest in someone who is going to be an owner and operator of the business. 

Key Takeaways

Residential assisted living facility investing might be a solid investing strategy for you. Here are the key takeaways from the discussion today: 

  • residential living is not a nursing home, but it is not independent living either. It's somewhere in between. 
  • demography is changing, and the country is getting older 
  • elderly people need places to live too
  • Options to invest:
    • you can own the real estate and lease 
    • own and operate the land and business
    • provide capital for an owner/operator

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Last Updated: 
July 20, 2022

Scott Royal Smith is an asset protection attorney and long-time real estate investor. He's on a mission to help fellow investors free their time, protect their assets, and create lasting wealth.

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