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 is on your shoulders. It takes a dedicated, detail-oriented person to run a community, in addition to the following regulation, provided by OHFLAC as to who can be an ALF administrator:
4.3.1. A large residence shall have an administrator who is at least 21 years of age and has an associate degree or its equivalent in a related field, except an individual who was approved as an administrator prior to August 15, 1996, who shall have at least a high school education or its equivalent approved by the State Department of Education. A small residence shall have an administrator who is at least 21 years of age and has completed high school or a general education development (GED) certificate. (Class III)
4.3.2. The assisted living residence shall have an administrator who has received an eligibility fitness determination or variance from the West Virginia Clearance for Access: Registry and Employment Screening unit of the Department of Health and Human Resources. (Class II)
4.3.3. The administrator shall participate in eight hours of training related to the operation of a residence annually and a record of this training shall be available for review. (Class III)
4.3.4. The administrator shall know the requirements of this rule, develop and execute all policies and procedures required by this rule, ensure compliance with all applicable laws, and ensure the adequacy and appropriateness of services delivered to the residents. (Class II)
4.3.5. The administrator or a responsible employee, designated in writing, shall be present and in charge of the residence at all times. (Class II)
- 3.3. The administrator shall participate in eight hours of training related to the operation of a residence annually and a record of this training shall be available for review. (Class III)
Continuing education is an extremely important part in the role of an administrator. If you do not meet the requirement for 8 CEU hours yearly you may be at risk of losing your administrator license. Keep record of your trainings and have them available for review if necessary.