Long Term Care & Senior Living Blog

James Balda

James Balda is a guest author for OnShift’s blog and the President and CEO of Argentum, the largest national association exclusively dedicated to senior living communities and the seniors and families they serve.
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250+ Senior Living Professionals Committed to Career & Industry

James Balda

The Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC) has announced a list of 252 senior living professionals who have earned their Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) credential.

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Senior Living Job Growth Continues to Rise, Matching Private Sector Growth

James Balda

Job growth in senior living continues to accelerate, adding a net 5,100 jobs in the 3rd quarter of 2016, according to Argentum’s most recent report, “State of the Senior Living Workforce,” sponsored by OnShift.

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How to Build Tomorrow’s Senior Living Workforce in Today’s Economy

James Balda

While the senior living industry faces challenges in growing, training and retaining a caring, professional workforce, its status as a recession-proof, growth industry makes it attractive to millennials and will help create solutions, according to an expert in leading and managing organizational change.

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New Survey Finds Awareness & Familiarity with Senior Living Closely Linked to Industry Career Interest

James Balda

Interest in a career in the senior living industry is closely and directly linked with awareness and familiarity with senior living, according to the results of a new survey published by Argentum and conducted by national polling firm ORC International.

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How Workforce Challenges Will Inspire Innovation in Senior Care

James Balda

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the senior living industry needs to recruit and train more than 1.2 million new employees over the next ten years. Those employees are needed to fill 347,000 new jobs and replace 900,000 existing employees who will leave the workforce. 

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Argentum Reports Strong Growth in Senior Living Industry in 2016

James Balda

Argentum is a strong advocate for senior living and we’re constantly working to address the workforce issues that are most pressing to the industry. A strong and robust workforce of qualified employees is the heart of senior living and of critical importance to Argentum and the members it serves. Because of that, we’ve made a focused effort to measure and monitor the health of the senior living workforce over the years.

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New Data & Trends To Know in The Next Issue of Senior Living Executive

James Balda

It’s an exciting time of year around the Argentum offices. We’ve been hard at work on our upcoming issue of Senior Living Executive, which is a personal favorite of mine every year.

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Argentum’s Standards of Senior Living Encourage Commitment to Excellence

James Balda

This year, Argentum launched the first phase of professional standards for operators of senior living communities, complementing the state laws and regulations governing the operation of those communities. The standards represent an essential part of demonstrating the senior living industry’s commitment to excellence in consumer and resident rights, quality improvement, workforce practices and regulatory compliance.

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Advance Your Senior Living Career with Executive Director Certification

James Balda

Workforce development has been identified by Argentum as a key imperative critical to the future of the senior living industry. With the growing need for highly skilled, dedicated workers, it is more important than ever to offer essential training and professional development programs to both retain and cultivate staff throughout senior living.

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Worker Recruitment and Retention Vital to the Health of the Senior Living Industry

James Balda

The senior living industry will need to recruit 1.2 million new employees by 2025 and must be poised to create working environments and career paths attractive for these workers, according to Argentum research published in “Getting to 2025: A Roadmap for the Senior Living Industry.”

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