A care home manager is the person responsible for a residential nursing or permanent care facility. This manager works to ensure that all residents are cared-for properly, all personnel within the facility are properly trained and able to handle their responsibilities, and that all systems - from utilities to food service - are handled properly and expeditiously.
Those in this position obviously have a great deal of responsibility, as they will have to oversee a number of residents with varying levels of required care. Care home managers must ensure that systems are in place to allow for the delivery of all care needs by nursing and other staff on a resident-by-resident basis, including assistance with medication, bathing, and dressing. These managers will likely have a station and shift managers who report to them directly regarding the needs of residents.
Care homes may also have a nutritionist or food service manager who reports to the general manager. Through this nutritionist, the manager ensures that the residents' nutritional and specialized dietary requirements are maintained.
A care home manager must have excellent interpersonal skills and be visible and available to all residents. He/she will also spend time making personal assessments of residents, as well as safety inspections of the physical building. This person must be a natural leader and should be ready to train and set the example for care within the facility.
Applicants for this position should generally pursue a nursing or administration discipline from a university. Most care home managers also have extensive practical experience with care for the elderly, as well. These managers should expect to work in the nursing home facility and his/her office for long hours, both during the week and on weekends.
Care Home Manager Tasks
Ensure home care programs run effectively and efficiently.
Supervise staff and give direction on quality and consistent patient care.
Oversee day-to-day operational and homecare activities.
Develop, maintain and implement home care programs.