A personal care home can be ideal for elderly clients who don’t yet require a nursing home but do need assistance with some or all of their day-to-day tasks. Personal care homes also tend to be less expensive than assisted living facilities, so they’re an option for clients with less money to spend.
Clients, or their families or caregivers, seek out care homes for a variety of reasons. Clients may no longer feel comfortable living independently because they fear falling, illness, failing memory, loneliness or because daily tasks are starting to tax them physically and mentally.
Understanding these and other issues related to aging is essential to successfully managing a personal care home with elderly residents.
Of course, some managerial skills are constant in any setting. Among these are:
Personal care home administrators don’t necessarily have to come from a healthcare background.
“I don’t think you have to come from a caring background but you do need to have experience of working with and managing people,” Philip Nightingale told The Guardian. Nightingale, a former banker, manages a care home in England.
However, administrators will have to familiarize themselves with basics of caregiving in order to properly supervise caregiving staff or in case the manager is called on to administer care in an emergency.
Duties specific to care home administrators include:
Earning a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Valparaiso University, with a specialty in Gerontology or Leadership, is an excellent way to transition into a career as a personal care home manager. Both programs are available 100% online. For more information, go to http://www.valpoonline.com/programs/masters-degree/ms-healthcare-administration/.