Memory Care Director

 

Purpose

The primary purpose of this position is to plan, organize, develop, and direct the Nursing and Life Enrichment functions of the Memory Care Unit in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, and regulations that govern our facility, and as may be directed by the Executive Director to ensure that the highest degree of quality care is maintained at all times.

Essential Job Functions Duties and Responsibilities

Management Functions

  1. Plan, organize, implement, evaluate, and direct the memory care department, specifically its nursing and life enrichment programs and activities, in accordance with current rules, regulations, and guidelines that govern the long term care facility.
  2. Develop, maintain, update and communicate facility and state specific written policies and procedures that govern the daily functions of the nursing service department.
  3. Determine appropriateness of resident admission and level of service needed.
  4. Complete admission procedures with resident and family including, nursing assessment, service plan and agreement, physician’s orders, assessment for client vulnerability and safety, and review of bill of rights.
  5. Communicate service schedules with other departments to ensure the continuity of the resident’s total regimen of care.
  6. Determines standards of practice for nursing, infection control, and OSHA regulations.
  7. Manage and participate in surveys and respond to corrections/citations with Executive Director.
  8. Review resident chart for completeness and accuracy.
  9. Ensure that direct care be provided by appropriately trained personnel.
  10. Monitor medication passes and treatment schedules to ensure that medications are being administered as ordered and that treatments are provided as scheduled.
  11. Collect and report benchmarking data (quality and clinical) monthly.  Report information to Executive Director monthly.
  12. Provide direct care when necessary within the scope of the Nurse Practice Act.
  13. Perform monitoring of resident’s health status through direct observation and supervision of staff.  Make daily rounds of the nursing service department.
  14. Implements and monitors clinical record review and chart audits including regular review of billing status.
  15. Maintain a current reference of written nursing material that will assist the nursing service department in meeting the day to day needs of the resident.


Personnel Functions

  1. Determine and adjust the staffing needs of the department necessary to meet the total nursing needs of the residents and provide updates to the Executive Director.
  2. Assist in the recruitment and selection of personnel.
  3. Develop work assignments, schedule duty hours, and assist and supervise staff to ensure that all personnel are performing their work assignments in accordance with acceptable standards. 
  4. Assist in staff development.  Formally and informally monitor performance of personnel and ensure adjustments/corrections are made by using coaching, counseling, and discipline methods. 
  5. Work with the Executive Director to resolve staff performance issues including those that may lead to termination.
  6. Complete timely performance evaluations.
  7. Review complaints and grievances, complete investigations, and work with the Executive Director for a plan of action and resolution..
  8. Participate in developing, conducting, and scheduling of timely in-service and orientation training classes that meet state and federal requirements.



Safety and Sanitation

  1. Ensure that an adequate supply of protective equipment is on hand and readily available to personnel.
  2. Ensure that work areas are maintained in a clean and sanitary manner as well as resident rooms and treatment areas.
  3. Ensure that personnel follow safe workplace practices.
  4. Recommend to the Executive Director the equipment and supply needs of the nursing department. Ensure that a stock level of medications, medical supplies, equipment, etc., is maintained on the premise at all times to adequately meet the needs of the residents.



Budget and Planning Functions

  1. Recommend to the Executive Director the equipment needs of the department.
  2. Participate with the Executive Director to prepare and plan the department’s budget.

 

Must possess the ability to make independent decisions, follow instructions, and accept constructive criticism.  Must be able to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.  Must be able to work with ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and potentially hostile people within the facility. Must be able to speak, write and understand English in a manner that is sufficient for effective communication with supervisors, employees, residents, and families.

Education and Experience

Must have, as a minimum, 1 year of experience in nursing.  Prefer two years experience in a home care or assisted living facility.
Must have experience in supervision and principles, practice of teaching, etc. Must possess skills in leadership and communication. Must possess creativity, integrity, and initiative.  Must be able to provide critical thinking skills to address clinical issues.

Licensing/Certifications

Must possess a current, unencumbered, active license to practice as an RN in this state.


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