Home care administrators work in the health care field and manage programs to assist patients and clients in their own homes. They help assess patients' suitability for home care programs and assign aides to work with patients in their homes and monitor their work. They also assess the ongoing progress of patients and make adjustments to care regimens as needed.
These administrators typically work for agencies which provide home health care services to assess patients' needs for in-home health care with an aide. They must determine how and when in-home visits and caregiving can be scheduled with available qualified staff, and then assign aides to work with patients based on these calculations. They also check progress reports and patients' data gathered by caregivers to ensure the in-home care provided matches that patient's needs and continues to fall within all parameters established by the primary care provider. If necessary, the administrator may also determine that more care is required, and may change the in-home health aide to a more qualified home nurse or recommend the patient for more extensive managed care outside the parameters of an in-home care service.
Home care administrators must also help manage the costs of these programs and ensure that billing and patients' insurance matters are handled properly before assigning a home health aide. They may also interview and even hire nurses and interns who may join the agency as in-home caregivers.
Most home care administrators are registered nurses or licensed health care providers themselves. Many employers prefer candidates who have practical experience and classroom work in health care administration fields, and most of these administrators work in a clinical office environment during regular business hours, while field work and visits to patients' homes is a regular part of the job.
Home Care Administrator Tasks
Oversee staff operations, business planning, patient flow and budget development for a home care organization.
Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
Act as liaison for conflict resolution between staff, patients, family members and physicians.
Plan and direct the administrative portion of the home care program.