Debunking 5 Myths About Interim Senior Living Executives

When senior living organizations face periods of transition, talent gaps, or develop new strategies for growth, hiring a senior living interim executive can be very beneficial. They are a great solution when you need immediate and steady leadership.


However, hiring interim talent is often overlooked or misunderstood. MedBest would like to debunk 5 common myths about interim executives.


  • An interim’s knowledge is out-of-date. Interim leaders often have 15-20 years of experience in the industry.  They’ve worked their way up the ladder. They’re often recognized industry leaders who stay relevant and on top of the latest trends. They bring their years of experience and success to your organization.


  • Interim executives are the same as consultants. Unlike consultants, interim executives are implementers and strategists. They mentor, coach, and train your team. They’re able to hit the ground running and work toward meeting organizational goals.  They’re focused on your profitability and will not try to upsell any additional services.


  • Interims are outsiders. Interim executives are team-oriented and are non-threatening to your existing staff. Usually, they fit right in and are very compatible.  In addition, they pave the way for the permanent hire. Once that permanent leader is found, the interim will know enough about the role and organization to pass along their knowledge and perspectives.


  • Interims are not “A” players or top tier leaders. There’s a misnomer that interims are doing interim work because they can’t find permanent roles. On the contrary. There really is a category of senior living professionals that like and are skilled at coming into a new environment to rally the troops, fill a vacant position, complete project work, or focus on regulatory compliance.   They really like getting the process started then or being a talent solution for a short stint and then, moving on to their assignments.


  • Interim executives are more expensive than a full-time executive. Truth be told, the opposite is true. Interims can be a cost-effective solution for organizations since they are typically hired on a short-term basis. Their start date and end date are determined by the hiring manager. This means they do not require the same long-term investment as a permanent executive. Additionally, interim executives do not require benefits or perks, making them a cost-effective solution for organizations looking to save on overhead costs.


Senior living interim executives have proven track records and a portfolio of similar industry assignments. These heavyweights are known for having the ability to make significant improvements in a very short time and fill vacancies until your organization is ready to make a permanent hire.


What interim senior living roles are most requested?


As senior living recruiters for both perm and interim positions, we fill these six interim senior living roles most often:

-Interim Nursing Home Administrator

-Interim Executive Director

-Interim Assisted Living Administrator

-Interim Director of Nursing

-Interim MDS Coordinator

-Interim Resident Services Director


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About Katie Piperata

Katie Piperata, NHA, MBA, CPC, Interim Solutions and Leadership Development Trainer, leads MedBest’s Interim Solutions Division. As a seasoned executive in senior living, she understands the industry and has mastered the art of developing and matching top interim leaders with Senior Living organizations in need of short-term coverage.


One of the attributes which has allowed Katie to help turn MedBest into such a successful recruiting firm, is that she has an extensive background in the Senior Living industry. Katie has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and an Executive Director of a five-star rated long-term care facility where she was repeatedly recognized for her achievements. Katie has also formalized procedures that have advanced MedBest within the health care recruiting world.


Katie is certified in the DISC/Motivators Success Insight Practitioner Program, a world-renowned program that qualifies her to interpret behavioral assessments that help clients avoid the pitfalls of an unsuccessful hire. Along with that credential, Katie has been recognized by the National Association of Personnel Services as being an expert in employment laws and how they relate to the day-to-day functioning of the search and staffing professional.


Katie founded KPV & Associates which focuses on workforce development in senior living communities across the country. Her goal is to provide alternative solutions to retain and manufacture better leaders; Move Forward is a program that improves leadership competencies for new and seasoned directors.


Because of her Senior Living expertise, Katie sits on the Board of Directors at Florida Presbyterian Homes, a non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lakeland, Florida. In addition, she has been a two-time presenter at Florida Healthcare Association’s annual conference and exhibit.


In the past fourteen years, Katie has placed hundreds of people throughout the US in Retirement Communities, Health Care Centers and Assisted Living Facilities.  Her most recent focus is building an interim Division at MedBest to support the changing labor needs within the senior living sector.


Katie’s life work continues to ensure the aging population receives the respect and quality of care they’ve earned. She continues to cultivate her career through education and carries an MBA from the University of Tampa and a Gerontology degree from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. She is a trailblazing advocate for quality senior care.


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