Staffing to meet resident needs

One of the most important elements for running a successful ALF is having a strong team that is passionate about caring for seniors. It can be a difficult task to find these individuals due to the intense and oftentimes exhausting position of caring for seniors. As administrators, we must ensure these folks are trained adequately and given the tools to be successful at their job or we will not have a chance at retaining them for long. Check out the following regulation provided by the Kentucky DAIL as to what
type of staffing is required in your community:

194A.717 Staffing requirements — Prohibition against employing staff members with an active communicable disease.
(1) Staffing in an assisted-living community shall be sufficient in number and qualification to meet the twenty-four (24) hour scheduled needs of each client pursuant to the lease agreement and functional needs assessment.
(2) One (1) awake staff member shall be on-site at all times.
(3) An assisted-living community shall have a designated manager who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age, has at least a high school diploma or a High School Equivalency Diploma, and has demonstrated management or administrative ability to maintain the daily operations.
(4) No employee who has an active communicable disease reportable to the Department for Public
Health shall be permitted to work in an assisted living community if the employee is a danger to the clients or other employees.

Pro Tip:
• While there is no strict guideline as to how many staff members you should have on the
premises at any given time it is generally accepted for staffing ratio to be related to the census
and care needs of the community.