Being a long-term care administrator is one of the most demanding and one of the most rewarding careers an individual can choose.

To celebrate Long Term Care Administrator’s Week 2016, researched the administrators we’ve profiled over the years and identified five traits that make them successful. Here’s a summary:

1. Identify What Works

How well his or her center scores on its annual survey by the Alabama Department of Public Health goes a long way in determining an administrator’s success. Englewood Health Care Center has earned deficiency free surveys four times since 2010. Administrator Keith Baggett identifies the three things that helps the center sustain success in “A Track Record of Quality Health Care.”

2. Invest in the Next Generation

Today’s college students will be tomorrow’s long-term care administrators. One of the best ways for them to learn is by hearing from people who live in nursing homes. Administrator and UAB professor Patrick Nicovich invited a nursing home resident to speak to Health Care Management students. She shared her experiences as a resident and what she expects in a good administrator in “College Students Learn Life Lessons from Ms. Alabama Nursing Home.”

3. Be Flexible

Administrators have to be willing to make changes. Sometimes, he or she must to completely alter the course of their skilled nursing care center. Trina Vines did exactly that when she took the reins at Oak Trace Care & Rehab Center four years ago. Today, the center is the top performer in its company, has won numerous awards and recently celebrated a deficiency free survey. Trina explains how is all happened in “Nursing Center Finds Success by Taking a New Approach.”

4. Love What You Do

You’ll never be a successful administrator if you don’t love what you do and the people you serve. That was the theme from our Q&A with Laura Saxon and Trent Jackson for Long Term Care Administrator’s Week 2015. Laura and Trent answer several questions about their careers and why they chose this profession in “A Labor of Love.”

5. Persevere

The constantly changing world of health care is enough to make anyone throw in the towel. That’s when you have to keep moving forward. A perfect example is Rev. George Jackson. At 88-years-old, he is Alabama’s oldest active administrator and shows no signs of slowing down. Read “Leading the Way: 88 Years Old and Still Going Strong” to learn more about his life and why he continues to work full-time.

Alabama Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators

Click here to learn more about what’s required to become a licensed nursing home administrator in Alabama.

About Long-Term Care Administrator’s Week

The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the sponsor of Long-Term Care Administrator’s Week, March 13-19, 2016. Founded in 1962, ACHCA is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today’s post-acute and ageing services administrators and executives. Focused on advancing leadership excellence, ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from across the spectrum of long-term care.