Long Term Care Administrator’s Week: March 8 -12, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

“During this week, staff, residents, families, and volunteers have the opportunity to say “thank you” and honor the administrators who lead our nation’s long-term care communities. This year LTC Administrator’s Week takes on added significance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our nation’s Long Term Care leaders have lead the way in the battle with this virus. The physical and emotional toll has placed undue strain on the profession. They have been thrust into an unwanted spotlight and often vilified in the media. Subject to a conflicting and changing regulatory environment, without adequate protective equipment and with the fear that they might carry the virus home to their own families, these leaders have been on the job since last March. Sadly, some lost their lives. Now the vaccine provides some light at the end of the tunnel.

The nation owes our Long-Term Care administrators a debt of gratitude. Let us take some time to show our appreciation to these leaders.  Administrators are key players in the care team and are entrusted with the responsibility of managing the care of our loved ones. They touch the lives of residents and families, and, most importantly, ensure that their staff provides the highest level of quality care to a vulnerable population.

To become an administrator takes commitment and dedication. They undertake a rigorous internship, followed by state and national exams. Upon becoming an administrator, they must continue life-long learning to provide the best care possible. They are masters of multi-tasking, taking into account every aspect of a person’s life, not just their medical needs, while building a sense of home and community.

“Each day our members work hard to ensure the best quality of life to those entrusted to their care. In an increasingly challenging environment, they are committed to their patients, residents, families, and co-workers,” said Bill McGinley, CNHA, CALA, CAS, HSE, FACHCA, President & CEO of ACHCA. “The staff of ACHCA is honored and privileged to know them and to support their professional development through the College.”

The American College of Health Care Administrators commends, salutes, and thanks the administrators in nursing homes, assisted living residences, and all post-acute and aging service settings – we know they are committed to providing excellent quality of care and quality of life for those entrusted to their care. Congratulations on a job very well done!

The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the sponsor of Long-Term Care Administrator’s Week.  I’ve excerpted the ACHCA’s Press Release for this blog; the ACHCA website has additional ideas and resources to help celebrate this week.

 I’ve bolded the last paragraph of the press release in my blog to echo the respect and honor that is duly earned by all Administrators in the post-acute and aging service settings.  The Briggs Healthcare family salutes your service!  Thank you for all you do each and very day to protect and improve the lives of the individuals that live and work in your communities!