Senior living facilities provide safe and compassionate care for seniors in America. Caregivers at these facilities assist with support, medical treatment, and helping senior residents with their daily tasks, including eating, getting dressed, and bathing. Staff members at assisted living facilities have several crucial responsibilities and are central to the facility’s day-to-day operation.
Hiring the right people in senior care is a top priority. It means finding someone who not only meets all the qualifications but also has a caring spirit that aligns with your organization’s culture and mission for offering quality service and care. As such, managers need to ensure such facilities have adequate staffing levels.
Don’t Be Afraid to Hire Outside the Industry
As a senior living provider, you probably have qualms about hiring outside the industry for fear of not finding suitable candidates. However, this shouldn’t be the case. You may feel it’s best to poach employees from other senior living facilities since they are already trained and certified. By doing so, you are inadvertently limiting your choices and options for hiring.
However, it’s possible to teach someone new to undertake senior living specific tasks. Providing one-on-one training usually pays off in the form of employee loyalty, as well as them being trained in how you do business. You may find that some of the best hires aren’t from within the industry. You can also partner with training organizations and senior living consultants to help new hires.
Ensure You’re Visible Online
We live in a well-connected world with social media essentially running things. Businesses worldwide have turned to social media to make sales and turn profits. Having a robust online presence as an ALF is crucial.
Leveraging social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube can help you showcase your facility’s operations and environments. You can also use the various platforms as a recruitment tool by posting career opportunities on different social sites. Your job vacancies have the potential to go viral, which can lead to increased recruitment.
Simplify the Application Process
Job application in healthcare is usually daunting, but it doesn’t have to be so. As an ALF, you can streamline the application process by ensuring your applicants have an easy time. If a qualified candidate applies for a position in your facility, the documentation can be obtained later when interviewing.
It’s also standard practice to define your expectations during the interview process. For instance, inform them how quickly the facility anticipates making hiring decisions. You can also offer the prospective hires feedback on their interview.
If you already have staff members, you can engage with them to find other qualified candidates working in other facilities. You can use the contacts you have in your facility to seek recommendations. This not only helps build staff loyalty, but it also helps you locate top talent.
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