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8 Reasons Senior Living Organizations Use Recruiting Firms

When seeking to acquire senior living executive talent, the right hire is a major factor in the success of your senior care organization. The wrong hire can be very costly. Partnering with a reputable search firm specializing in senior living, can make all the difference especially when facing these 8 critical hiring factors:

Acquiring hard to find talent

When you work with a great recruiting firm, the search experts have a wide network of industry talent including passive candidates, those who are gainfully employed and who wouldn’t ordinarily be looking to make a move. They also have the resources and processes that go beyond the traditional in-house HR team or hiring manager. In addition, the search experts thoroughly screen candidates and determine those who possess the company’s ideal traits, experience, and culture fit.

Maintaining confidentiality

Confidentiality is a crucial component of the hiring process for a number of reasons.  For example, a company may want to quietly replace an under-performing executive or anticipate a big change-up in leadership. Also, search firms gather client and candidate information through forms and interviews that must remain private. Confidentiality protects both the client and candidate and preserves the integrity of the search firm and their recruiting process.

Seeking candidate with special skills

If you’re in need of a candidate who possesses a highly specialized or rare set of skills in order to succeed in the position, it’s time to contact a recruiting firm. Search experts that specialize in the senior living industry are well connected and can help you find that needle in a haystack.

Succession planning

As more and more Baby Boomers retire, or an unexpected resignation happens, it causes a disruption in your senior living organization. Therefore, you need to be prepared by having a succession plan in place. Hiring an executive search firm to come in and assess your current workforce is a reliable way to get a better picture of the talent you have and what options are available to you when the inevitable happens. 

Replacing an executive while still in the role

For senior care companies that need to line up a replacement while a senior executive remains in the role, search firms offer total discretion and as mentioned earlier, total confidentiality. By partnering with a search firm, you’re relieved of workplace secrecy and grapevine gossip but still maintain the control, trust, and transparency of having this task taken care of by an impartial industry expert.

Creating new position

Creating a brand-new role may fall out of the scope of knowledge and expertise of your internal recruiters. If your senior care organization never had that exact role or a similar one, your recruiters or hiring managers are faced with a lack of history or precedence needed to find qualified candidates. A senior living industry search firm can fill that knowledge gap with their know how and job market incalltoligence.  That new position you created is in their wheelhouse and they can even help you to define that role and expectations.

Filling key position that’s been open too long

There’s a high cost and impact when a senior living executive position has been open for too long. Not only is revenue lost but it also affects employee morale and productivity. Therefore, it’s time to call in the reinforcements. A reputable search firm has the tools, expertise, and knowledge of the executive role to work in collaboration with you and craft a clear plan and timelines for a successful executive search.  Plus, they have cultivated an extensive network of exceptional executive talent.

Lack of time 

If your plate is full, taking on an important executive level search can quickly turn into a full-time job. However, that’s exactly what search firms do… full time, every day, and all year long. Search firms take what can seem like an arduous task off your plate leaving you to conduct business as usual.



Julie Rupenski is the Founder, President & CEO of MedBest, opening the doors in 2001. Since that time, Julie has gained national recognition for providing top talent solutions exclusively for the Senior Living Industry. Her specialties include filling C-Suite, Vice President, Regional, and Property level positions.

Julie has an in-depth knowledge of the Senior Living Industry since she previously worked in operations for both Senior Housing and Senior Living. Today, Julie makes it her personal and professional mission to place qualified people in health care positions where they have the greatest impact.

Julie earned her degree in Gerontology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida and continues to cultivate her career through senior living conferences, forums, trade shows, and expos.

Julie’s industry articles and interviews have been published in Provider Magazine, Argentum Quarterly, LeadingAge Magazine, Florida Health Care Association, Florida Assisted Living Association, Florida Senior Living Association, LeadingAge Florida, LeadingAge Indiana, Pennsylvania Health Care AssociationOregon Health Care Association, and Virginia Assisted Living Association.

Contact Julie Rupenski at / 727-526-1294.



MedBest is a national Executive Search Firm exclusive to the Senior Living Industry established in 2001.  We recruit and acquire quality executive talent for all types of Senior Living Organizations and Communities across the US including Assisted Living, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Independent Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing Facilities.

Contact MedBest at / 727-526-1294

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