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Care home investors increasingly focused on ESG

Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) are becoming increasingly important drivers for care home investors, reveals new research shows.

Among the reasons for the renewed interest in ESG are energy bill shocks, which have increased interest in energy efficiency and in low and no carbon new builds, says responsible investment manager Downing LLP.

Supporters of governance (G) are also opting for specialist care investments, with strong boards and management in place to assure higher quality standards.

Knight Frank’s new Care Homes Trading Performance report suggest the average stay in a care setting has reduced to around 13 months compared with 1.8 years before the pandemic and 2.2 years in 2011 due to the increased acuity of care needs. This is expected to drive the type of facilities needed for the foreseeable future, Knight Frank predicts.

Further predictions are for good occupancy – currently around 85 per cent in the private market – and a more stable workforce.

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