Exhibit 32
CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO
18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350,
AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO
SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002


In connection with the Quarterly Report of National Health Investors, Inc. (the “Company”) on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Report”), I, J. Justin Hutchens,  President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, and I, Roger R. Hopkins, the Chief Accounting Officer of the Company, hereby certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that:

(a)
The Report fully complies with the requirements of section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and
(b)
The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, The financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

Date:
May 10, 2012
/s/ J. Justin Hutchens
 
 
J. Justin Hutchens
 
 
President, Chief Executive Officer,
 
 
and Director
 
 
 
Date:
May 10, 2012
/s/ Roger R. Hopkins
 
 
Roger R. Hopkins
 
 
Chief Accounting Officer
 
 
(Principal Financial Officer)