The Assisted Living Staff You Should Get to Know

We all know that the physical facilities available at an assisted living facility are important. However, staff members who interact with your loved ones represent the heart of the facility. The list below represents several key staff members of assisted living facilities – and what you should know about them.

Wellness Nurse

Also known as nurse practitioners or staff nurses, wellness nurses provide hands-on medical care for residents. Many facilities have nurses on staff around the clock to handle emergencies.

Activities Director

These valuable staff members go by many names, including social director and lifestyle coordinator. Activities directors are in charge of social programs, entertainment, and diversion for residents in assisted living care facilities.

Medical Director

These professionals serve as liaisons between residents’ physicians, nursing staff, and residents and/or caregivers and loved ones in assisted living facilities. They are responsible for evaluating and overseeing medical care for senior living facility residents.

Social Worker

Also known as case managers, these troubleshooters deal with the unmet needs of residents in assisted living care facilities. Residents may approach them directly, or family members may do so on behalf of their loved ones, to express their concerns.

Resident Care Coordinator

These individuals are responsible for handling financial and other administrative aspects of residents’ care. They are in frequent communication with insurance providers as well as medical care staff.

Dietary Coordinator

Also known as clinical nutrition managers, they may plan menus for an entire assisted living facility as well as work directly with individual residents.

Housekeeping Staff

Housekeeping staff members maintain the upkeep and cleanliness assisted living care facilities, as well as servicing individual residents’ quarters.

Nursing Assistants

Nursing provide personal assistance to residents such as bathing, feeding and dressing for assisted living care facilities. They interact with residents more often than nearly everyone else on staff does.

Administrative Assistants

They field phone calls from family members and the general public concerning matters such as visiting hours and weekly menus for assisted living facilities.

Charge Nurse

Charge nurses oversee nursing staff at senior living care facilities, assuring that residents receive acute and emergency care. They work in 8-hour shifts, with three nurses assigned to cover the entire day.

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