Managing a Senior Living Facility
When we speak of senior living, there is many different kinds that we have. You can find the categories of senior living below.
The first category is the adulty-style senior living complexes where seniors live in apartments, condos, townhouses, etc., and where they are provided amenities like golf courses, exercise rooms, libraries, and others. These facilities are for the more active and able seniors who can still take care of themselves and their needs. These facilities provide seniors opportunities to socialize, have companions, in a very convenient setting.
The other category of senior communities are those where residents need varying degrees of assistance of supervision. In the independent-living group they are provided full meals in a central dining hall, housekeeping, and maintenance services, centralized community activities, and emergency e-call services. The residents in this kind of facility can go in and out as they wish. Another kind in this second category is the true assisted-living group with residents needing medical assistance so these facilities have a medical staff to provide medical assistance to residents; this facility also restricts the coming and going of residents.
The other kind of facility is the full-time nursing facility.
A manager in the first category can be compared to a regular apartment manager.
Here we will discuss managing the second category of senior communities, particularly the independent-living community. Here, as a manager, you need to make a distinction between those who can live independently and those that require assistance in their later stages. The people who needs this assistance and when they need it have to be distinguished.
Seniors are allowed to go out the main door at night but their problems is that they need a key or an access card to come back in. If they forget their key or their access cared, then they will surely be unable to go back in unless they know where to get help, which is in the front desk lobby where they can call the night duty manager on the house phone. They could also push their e-call buttons if they remembered to take it or if they have it with them. Some of these seniors have memory difficulties since they are already in their 70s to 90s. The senior could be in danger in this case. Some facilities have large lakes and open grounds where the residents could easily become disoriented. And here is where recognition of needed assistance is very important.
Aside from managing the people themselves, you also manage the facility by collecting rents, paying bills, employee matters, marketing, and others. Interaction with the seniors is very important for managers. The biggest difference in this job is the relationship and friendships that are so easily build with seniors. If you would take time to listen, these seniors will share their life to your.