Long-Term Care Administrator
Long-term care administrators manage the daily operations of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, and other senior housing facilities. They have in-depth knowledge of working with the elderly, and are dedicated to maximizing the independence and quality of life of those under their care by ensuring they receive high-quality health care. Employment in this profession is expected to grow significantly in coming years due to the aging of the baby boomer generation, who are expected to place an increased demand on long-term care services. Medical and health services managers, a title that encompasses nursing home administrators, are projected to experience employment growth of 22% between 2010 and 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The median yearly salary for medical and health services managers was $84,270 in May 2010, but salaries vary significantly based on job responsibilities and other factors. Common job responsibilities for a long-term care administrator include:
- Manages the financial operations of a long-term care facility
- Ensures that the long-term care facility is compliant with state and federal health care laws and regulations
- Supervises all departments within a long-term care facility, ensuring that health care services are delivered efficiently and at high quality
- Sets, implements, and evaluates goals for a long-term health facility, measuring the facility’s progress toward meeting those goals
- Directs the recruitment, hiring, and training of personnel to work in various departments at a long-term care facility
A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required in order to get a job as a long-term care administrator. However, many health care managers have master’s degrees in a relevant area, such as long-term care administration or health care management. Schools offering masters in healthcare degrees often allow students to specialize their studies in long-term care administration so that they not only receive a broad-based education in leading health care organizations, but also receive focused training in managing health services for older adults. Beyond a qualifying degree, long-term care administrators must also be licensed in the state they work in, a process that will require them to pass a state licensing exam and complete a training program approved by the state, according to the BLS.
Featured Long Term Care Administrator Profiles
Two of Philip C. DuBois’ interests are in ministry and healthcare, and throughout his career, he’s been able to pursue both. After earning his master’s in health care administration, he worked as a nursing home administrator for seven years. Today, he teaches those students looking to follow in footsteps as a member of St. Joseph’s College of Maine’s online long-term care administration program.