Healthcare & Medical

Retirement or Nursing Home Manager

Retirement or nursing home managers are responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day running of residential care homes.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

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What does a Retirement or Nursing Home Manager do?

Retirement or nursing home managers are responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day running of residential care homes.

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Work activities

As a retirement or nursing home manager, you would:

  • manage a facility that might cater for older people, people with physical or mental disabilities, or the terminally ill
  • monitor and manage the financial performance of the facility
  • recruit, train and supervise staff
  • negotiate contracts with service providers
  • develop and implement policies and practices regarding quality standards
  • make sure the quality of the service and care provided meets national minimum standards
  • liaise with a range of medical professionals
  • promote the rights and responsibilities of residents
  • provide information, advice and support to residents, their families and carers
  • create the opportunity for residents to contribute to the local community and access local services.
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Key skills and interests

To become a retirement or nursing home manager, you would need:

  • strong people skills and communication skills
  • good observational skills
  • experience of assessing an individual's care and support needs
  • the ability to negotiate contracts
  • financial management and budgeting skills
  • the ability to maintain accurate records
  • knowledge of relevant legislation, local services and resources.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time role, you would usually work a standard number of hours per week, which may include shifts, weekends, and some on-call duties (in the event of an emergency).

Conditions

For some jobs you may need to live-in. This work can be emotionally and physically demanding.

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How to become an Retirement or Nursing Home Manager?

Entry Level Education

To become a retirement or nursing home manager, you usually have to complete a degree in health administration or healthcare management at university. You might also consider a degree in business with a healthcare-related major. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English and mathematics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.Experience in related areas such as property management, facilities management, and tourism and resort management may also be pathways to entry as a retirement or nursing home manager.

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Job outlook

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Employment of retirement or nursing home managers is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.

Employment growth will result from the ageing population increasingly living in the types of buildings and communities that require property management, such as retirement communities, aged care facilities, and nursing homes. Increasingly, these new developments are employing professional managers to oversee all aspects of their operation.

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