Staffing & Training

Caring person and happy elderly woman drinking tea at homeTender Loving Care Senior Residence (TLCSR) has a different philosophy on staffing and training than many other senior care settings, like one to one in-home care (PCA agencies), Assisted Living, Memory Care or Alzheimer’s units.  First off, we understand that Senior Care is a service and as such, it is next to impossible to deliver a high-quality product if you don’t have enough people to do the job. While reducing staff can save owners in staffing expenses, quality & team moral suffer greatly. In addition to having enough staff we believe the staff need to be supported, educated, & supervised on an ongoing basis to ensure the system is working effectively. 

The owners of TLCSR are committed to providing all the elements required to deliver the best care.    The policies and behaviors of owners & management set the tone for the entire team.


TLCSR has 2-3 caregivers for only 10 residents. This is a very high staff ratio compared to any other Senior Care Setting (see …choosing the right care setting). Having a high staff ratio allows for flexibility and back up, if and when a caregiver gets sick or requests a day off.  Having additional staff who are already familiar with all of the resident’s care needs and knows their likes and dislikes makes it easier for both the staff and residents reducing hiccups or changes to the resident’s routine. 

Moreover, we provide an awake caregiver at night, along with many levels of back up. The overnight back up system includes; additional live in staff who are available to assist the awake night caregiver if needed, several monitoring devices: video monitoring, motion sensors and other alarms all of which improve continuity and quality of care, as well as, staff response time.  

We encourage & expect our staff to communicate with us regularly and inform us of any changes in the residents’ condition, big or small. We make ourselves available to answer questions and assist when issues or emergencies arise. This level of involvement and interaction helps the staff feel supported, nurtures relationships and promotes continuity and quality of care.  

TLCSR believes, it is important to keep staff turnover low.  The high level of support, communication and direct involvement the owners and management provide to their staff helps TLCSR reduce staff turnover.  Working in environment where you feel supported and valued, as an important member of the team, improves job satisfaction and keeps staff, residents and families feeling happy and secure.

TLCSR goes above and beyond the minimum, state required training.  All of our staff are cross trained in every area, unlike other senior care settings that only have caregivers OR Med techs.  Cross training expands the knowledge of all caregivers and promotes team work. TLCSR’s staff, not only assist with personal care, like showers, they administer medications, prepare the meals, do housekeeping, laundry, lead activities and the daily exercise program.  Each staff member is rotated through all the assignments and learns the routines of each resident and the facility.  Once again improving continuity and quality of care and the shared sense of purpose and responsibility.

Caregiver Training

The State of Nevada requires 8 hrs. of initial and 8hrs annual caregiving training.  While there are general guidelines, the training varies from facility to facility, on WHAT content is included and WHO is providing the training.  At TLSR, caregiving training is ongoing and far exceeds the state minimum requirement of 8hrs. At TLCSR, the training includes, but is not limited to, education on how to assist residents with a variety of Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s): bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding, toileting, transferring & walking including contact guarding. They also receive training in Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLS) for example, meal preparing, housekeeping and laundry. In addition, they receive annual training on Elder Abuse, which is required by the state of Nevada. 

Dementia & Alzheimer's Training

The State of Nevada requires 8 hrs. of initial and 8hrs annual Dementia training.  While there are general guidelines, the training varies from facility to facility, on WHAT content is included and WHO is providing the training.  At TLSR, the staff receive far more than the state minimum of 8 hr.’s.   At TLCSR the training and expectations go above and beyond and improve outcomes and quality of care for residents and their families.

Medication Management

It is a Nevada state requirement, that every person who administers medications in an Assisted Living or Residential Care Home complete an initial 16hr training course and 8 hr. annual training from a state approved trainer and pass the state exam.  Additionally, each facility is required to develop their own policies and procedures and training program. 

TLCSR has a well-developed medication training program and policies & procedures. TLCSR understands the importance of medication administration and the various elements of that process that need to be considered and followed.  Medication Management not only consists of administering the medication but being knowledgeable about the purpose, desired effect and potential side effects of those medications, as well as, communicating pertinent information with the residents’ doctor in a timely manner.    

Fortunately, with the help of senior advocacy groups like NALA, pushing for & educating the Nevada State Legislature on the need for changes to regulations, the scope of what caregivers can be taught to do will be expanded that includes teaching caregivers to report important information to the residents’ doctor.  

Nevada legislature has recently passed legislation, removing previous restrictions on community based senior care settings, like Assisted Livings and Residential Care Homes that restricted caregivers from being able to be taught, by a medical professional, how to check a blood pressure, take a temperature, administer insulin with an auto injection pen.  These restrictions greatly limit the care that residents could receive in these settings, impeding continuity of care by limiting the amount and type of data a caregiver can gather and then report to the doctor.  Because doctors are not able to get simple information about a patient’s current status like temperature or blood pressure from caregivers, doctors are often forced to send patients, unnecessarily to the ER.  These changes will improve care, safety and choices in senor care for Nevadans, and help keep Nevada ranked as the best in the nation for regulation and monitoring.

The high-quality staffing that TLCSR provides is a result of the strong leadership, ongoing education, high level of communication and support of the entire care team which translates to a high level of satisfaction not only for the staff but for the residents and their families as well