Community Leadership

The Administrator or Executive Director of an Assisted Living Facility in Georgia must be an excellent leader capable of making decisions under duress, excellent with time management, superb communication skills and problem-solving skills to boot- they also must hold the following qualifications required by the Georgia Department of Community Health:

111-8-63-.08 Community Leadership

(1) Each community must have a full-time administrator to provide day-to-day leadership to the community. The administrator
must meet the following qualifications:

(a) The individual must be 21 years of age or older, and

(b) The individual must satisfy at least one of the following educational criteria:
1. a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university plus 1 year's experience in a health or aging-related

2. an associate's degree from an accredited college or university, plus 2 years' experience working in personal care,
health or aging-related setting, including 1 year in a leadership or supervisory position;

3. a license as a nursing home administrator;

4. certification by a nationally recognized educational provider or license issued by another state as a nursing home
administrator or an assisted living facility administrator where the curriculum addresses in detail the knowledge and skills necessary
to manage a nursing home or an assisted living community; or

5. a GED or HS diploma and a total of 4 years of experience working in a licensed personal care home or other health-related
setting which has included at least 2 years of supervisor experience.

(2) The administrator is responsible for ensuring that the
policies and procedures are effective and enforced to ensure compliance with these rules and community policies and

(3) Each assisted living Community Leadership must have a separate administrator or on-site manager who works under the supervision
of the administrator.

(4) The administrator or on-site manager must designate the qualified staff as responsible staff to act on his or her behalf and to
carry out his or her duties in the absence of the administrator or
on-site manager.

(5) Residents must not be allowed to function or be counted as staff.

(6) Staff must be assigned duties consistent with their positions, training, experiences, and the requirements of Rule 111-8-63-.09.

(7) The administrator is responsible for ensuring that the assisted living Community Leadership has an effective quality assurance
the program includes at least the following:

(a) investigating resident incidents that result in injuries or death in order to identify and implement opportunities for
improvement in care;

(b) implementing changes made to support improved care, such as those necessary to minimize illness outbreaks and
eliminate identified rule violations;

(c) monitoring staff performance to ensure that care and services are being delivered safely and in accordance with these
rules and community policies; and

(d) obtaining and using feedback from the residents and representatives, at least annually, on the quality of services
provided by the community and opportunities for improvement of services.

An integral piece that many community leaders do not manage and maintain is an effective Quality
Assurance program as mentioned in regulation (7) The administrator is responsible for ensuring that the
assisted living community has an effective quality assurance program which includes at least the
following: a-d. A Quality Assurance program is designed to highlight overarching themes in the
community that may need to be worked on. The community should not continue to show the same
issues time after time with no solution- when planning a QA program be sure to ensure there are
quantitative and qualitative actions that can be resolved.