Making a Career Move? Consider Interim Leadership For These 3 Reasons!

The need for senior living interim leadership has experienced a sharp rise over the past two years. The COVID crisis combined with the ongoing industry talent shortage caused senior living interim executives to be in high demand. 


If you’re an experienced senior care executive and thinking about making a career move, this is the perfect time to consider serving as an Interim Leader. Becoming an interim executive within the senior living industry, can be a highly satisfying career. Just imagine:


  • Experiencing a variety of senior living settings & new locations
  • Ability to decide where and how often you work
  • Opportunity to expand your senior living expertise
  • Opportunity to transform senior living environments
  • Tackling new projects & challenges

Interim Leaders Are More Than Placeholders.


While senior living interim leaders are often brought onboard to fill a leadership void or vacancy, interims are much more than placeholders. They lead organizational dynamics at an executive level. Sometimes an interim is hired to tackle specific projects, and on other occasions, is instrumental in defining corporate strategy. They can make a real difference at an organization within a designated period of time, whether it’s 3, 6 or 12-months, without the need for a long-term commitment.


However, a long-term commitment or full-time job offer may result especially during a time of downturn, talent shortages, and uncertainty. Over the past two years, we’ve seen senior living organizations fast track interim professionals into full-time roles.


Most senior living interim leaders have 20+ years of experience in permanent leadership roles and a deep understanding of the senior living industry. In today’s climate, they also need the ability to hit the ground running, create a sense of calm in times of crisis or high-pressure situations, quickly identify and resolve areas of conflict, and seamlessly transition the leadership role to a successor.


Interim Leaders Bring Specific Skill Sets. 


The most successful interim leaders in senior living possess the following skills:


  • Critical & strategic thinking
  • Quick adaptability
  • Ability to quickly respond to a crisis
  • Ability to empower & engage others
  • Capacity to be an agent of change
  • Strong interpersonal & communication skills
  • Self-motivated & driven
  • Empathy & compassion

Interim Leaders Fill These In-Demand Positions.


  • Interim Nursing Home Administrator
  • Interim Assisted Living Administrator
  • Interim Executive Director
  • Interim Director of Nursing
  • Interim Director of Resident Services / Wellness Director
  • Interim Health Services Director
  • Interim MDS Coordinator

If you’re considering a career move and tempted by the idea of an interim leadership role in senior living, speak with interim senior living professionals who’ve already made the move. Ask them about the benefits, possible downsides, and an average day on the job.  Many interims will calltol you that they really enjoy traveling and experiencing various senior care environments as well as meeting and working with new people.



Interim Talent Solutions Coordinator

Bryana Yocum, Interim Solutions Coordinator, is central to the success and expansion of our Interim Talent Solutions Division. Bryana is ready and able to respond quickly to the rapid growth happening in Interim leadership opportunities in Senior Living.

Her interim search experience combined with over 10 years in customer service, Bryana prides herself on possessing excellent people skills, timely follow-up efforts, and overall efficiency. Both clients and candidates appreciate her active listening skills and know she’s fully engaged and committed to their talent needs.

Bryana joined MedBest in 2019 as a Researcher and quickly adapted to the Senior Living Industry so much so, that Leadership views her as a rising star! Within a month of her promotion, she successfully filled 5 Interim positions.

Born in Philadelphia, Bryana brings a strong work ethic and the “never give up” mentality. Plus, having her own grandparents in a senior living setting, she knows the importance of matching the right caregiver with the right Interim position and tirelessly works to that end.

Bryana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology from the University of South Florida. 

Bryana Yocum can be reached at / 727-637-0861 (Call/Text)



MedBest is an award-winning national Executive Search Firm exclusive to the Senior Living Industry established in 2001.  We recruit and acquire exceptional senior care talent, permanent and interim executives, for the full continuum of LTC facilities across the US including Assisted Living CCRC, Life Plan Communities, Independent Living, Memory Care, Home Health Care, and Skilled Nursing.  Contact us at 727-526-1294 /

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