7 Reasons Why Senior Living Organizations Use Executive Search Firms (2022)

To find the best senior living executives, you might want to consider hiring an executive search firm specializing in the senior living industry.


Having the right fit in the right position is a major factor in the success of your senior living organization. The wrong hire can be very costly in terms of time and money. Partnering with a reputable industry focused executive search firm can make all the difference. Here’s how:


  • Vast Network of Active & Passive Candidates

When you work with a great executive recruiting firm, their search experts have a wide network of industry leaders including both active and passive candidates. They have a far reach and are not just shuffling CVs they have on file for a quick fix to your talent needs. In addition, the search experts thoroughly screen and vet candidates and determine those who possess the company’s ideal traits, experience, and culture fit.


  • Confidentiality is Maintained

Confidentiality in executive search is necessary for several reasons.  For example, the job may still be occupied by an executive that a company wants to quietly replace due to under performance. Another reason could be that your organization created a new role, but it can’t be announced to the public yet. 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.


  • Locate & Land Candidates with Special Skills

Senior Living organizations work with executive search firms to locate and land those hard to find and highly skilled candidates that they struggle to find on their own. If you’re in need of an executive with a highly specialized or rare set of skills, it’s time to contact a senior care recruiting firm. Senior living search experts will partner with you to find that needle in a haystack.


  • Succession Planning Assistance

The pandemic opened our eyes to the fact that we need to expect the unexpected. For many senior living organizations that means revisiting their succession plan. Succession plans should focus on disaster proofing, minimizing business disruptions, identifying future leaders, creating new development and training programs to promote from within, and providing peace of mind as you move your organization forward during uncertain times. Hiring an executive search firm to assess your current workforce is a viable and smart way to get a better picture of the talent you have and what you will need when the inevitable happens.


  • Speedy Interim Talent Solutions

With long term care experiencing a severe talent shortage, many roles including leadership positions, remain vacant.  Selecting an executive search firm that offers interim talent solutions makes sense and can help you temporarily fill a position while you conduct a full-on search for a permanent hire. In addition, interims help to ease heavy workloads, offer innovative ideas, minimize business disruptions, and solve existing challenges.


  • Ensures Successful Transition

According to the Kinsley|Sarn report, executive failure rates are close to 40 percent over the last eight years. This suggests that more needs to be done to help ensure the new hire makes a successful transition from candidate to a fully integrated and engaged employee.  The best search firms stay close to both clients and candidates beyond an acceptance of a job offer. Their continued involvement can ensure a successful transition and onboarding process.


  • Great Resource to Save Time & Money 

If your plate is full and you’re overextended, taking on an important executive level search can quickly turn into an arduous task and full-time job. However, that’s exactly what senior care search firms do… full time, every day. Search firms are a great resource for giving an executive search the time, resources and proper attention needed.



Julie Rupenski is the Founder & CEO of MedBest Recruiting. Since opening its doors in 2001, Julie has grown MedBest into an award winning, multimillion-dollar national firm, garnering impressive awards including INC 5000 2021 and Tampa Bay Fast 50 2021! Just recently, Julie was named to the list of the “Women We Admire in Tampa” for 2022!

Julie’s company has gained national recognition due to her industry expertise and high level of success. Julie has an in-depth knowledge of the Senior Living Industry.  She previously worked in operations for both Senior Housing and Senior Living prior to founding MedBest. Today, Julie makes it her personal and professional mission to place qualified executives in health care positions where they have the greatest impact.

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 Association, Oregon Health Care Association, and Virginia Assisted Living Association.

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.

Contact Julie Rupenski at jrupenski@www.medbest.com / 727-526-1294.



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, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Independent Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Home Health Care.

Contact us at 727-526-1294 / info@www.medbest.com

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