An assisted living manager is responsible for overseeing operations at a care center or other home for those who require special assistance and supervision. These patients may be suffering from the effects of old age and related conditions or have significant neurological or motor disabilities or impairments which require them to be in constant care. Assisted living managers oversee and schedule staff, maintain the building and its facilities, and help create a positive environment for patients in care and their families and friends who visit. They may also help monitor the medical and nutritional needs of these patients.
As the assisted living manager, this person is likely to have multiple direct reports and areas of responsibility. A dietitian and/or meals supervisor may consult frequently with the manager to approve purchases and menu plans, while a clinical or nursing supervisor may provide regular updates regarding both overall care and individual needs. Bookkeeping/administrative personnel may provide information and use guidance regarding billing issues and accounts related to the facility.
Assisted living managers are often present within the care center and help assess needs for repairs, maintenance, and upgrades to services. They generally provide guidance to staff and interact often with residents, and are often the initial point of contact for families who may have questions or concerns regarding care. Most assisted living facilities employ more than one manager to help ensure regular top-level supervision at all times.
Most assisted living facilities and employers require the manager to be a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN), and prior experience in a hospital, clinic, or assisted living facility is also essential for the job. Most assisted living managers work fairly long hours in their facilities and may be on-call in case of emergency, as well.
Assisted Living Manager Tasks
Supervise staff and give technical direction.
Ensure services are in compliance with boarding home regulations, state and federal regulatory requirements.
Oversee day-to-day operational and assisted living activities.
Monitor budget and utilize operational resources, participate in patient quality surveys.
Manage the selection, training and development of staff.