What are the licensing requirements or background of staff in a typical assisted living community?

  1. Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM

    The licensing requirements or background of assisted living community's staff varies from state to state, and is often dictated by what the facility requires. The size of the community and type of services offered to residents also affects the type and education levels of the staffing. As more direct care services are offered, especially healthcare, qualified staff must fill those positions.

    The head administrators of assisted living communities usually have either a bachelor's or master's degree in healthcare administration, are experienced in senior care settings, and often are required to have a senior care certification. A licensed social worker with a bachelor's or master's degree is often in the position of care coordinator, working with residents and their family members.

    Nurses, physical therapists, and other medical staff are required to meet their profession's licensing or certification criteria. In most state licensed senior care facilities, only registered nurses (RN) or licensed practical nurses (LPN) may give residents their medication. Most all staff at an assisted living community, including housekeepers, are trained and usually required to know CPR, first aid, and the facility's specific safety and emergency procedures in order to ensure residents are safe and secure.

    Higher-level administrators and clinical staff at assisted living communities often are required to take some type of in-service training. Continuing education units (CEUs) are needed to meet licensing, certification, and the facility's standards of care and must be renewed as required.