As the administrator of an assisted living facility, you are entrusted with an enormous amount of responsibility. Think about it; you are ultimately responsible for EVERYTHING that happens in the facility, clinical care, food service, census, it’s on your shoulders. It takes a dedicated, detail-oriented person to run a community, in addition to the following regulation, provided by OHCF as to who can be an ACLF administrator:
1200-08-25-.03 LICENSING REQUIREMENTS.
(9) Certification of Administrator.
(a) Each ACLF must have an administrator who shall be certified by the Board unless the administrator is currently licensed in Tennessee as a nursing home administrator as required by T.C.A. §§ 63-16-101, et seq.
(b) An applicant for certification as an ACLF administration shall submit the following to the Board office:
- A completed application on a form approved by the Board;
- Nonrefundable application fee;
- Proof that the applicant is at least twenty-one (21) years of age;
- Proof that the applicant is a high school graduate or the holder of a general equivalency diploma;
- Results of a criminal background check; and
- Proof that the applicant has not been convicted of a criminal offense involving the abuse or intentional neglect of an elderly or vulnerable individual.
(c) Renewal of ACLF administrator certification.
- The certification shall be renewed biennially on June 30.
- The initial biennial re-certification expiration date of ACLF administrator candidates who receive their first certification between the dates of January 1 and June 30 of any year will be extended to two (2) years plus the additional months remaining in the fiscal year.
- In order to renew certification, the ACLF administrator shall submit the following to the Board office: renewal application; fee established by rule 1200-08-25-.04; and proof of having obtained at least twenty-four (24) classroom hours of continuing education during the previous two (2) years.
- An ACLF administrator shall complete twenty-four (24) classroom hours of continuing education approved by the Board prior to attendance, including, but not limited to the following topics:
(i) State rules and regulations for ACLFs;
(ii) Health care management;
(iii) Nutrition and food service;
(iv) Financial management; and
(v) Healthy lifestyles.
- All educational courses sponsored by the National Association of Boards of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (NAB) and continuing education courses sponsored by State and/or national associations that focus on geriatric care are board approved.
- An ACLF administrator who allows an administrator certification to lapse and reapplies for new certification must submit written proof of attendance of at least twenty-four (24) classroom hours of continuing education courses, as described in Part 4 above, within six (6) months after submitting a new application.