professional staff at Hickory Hill is not only trained in accordance
with the Department of Social Services, Licensing Division state
of Virginia regulations for assisted living facilities; their training
exceeds these regulations in many instances.
Our Administrator is a college graduate with certification
as a Licensed Adult Home Administrator. State regulations
require 16 classroom hours of training annually, covering
all subjects relevant to assisted living homes. As members
of the Virginia Adult Home Association, our Administrator
and Assistant Administrator complete many hours over and
above the requirement through two annual conferences each
year. We have been members of this organization since 1998.
We are also members (and on the Board) of the Virginia Long
Term Care Network.
The Assistant Administrator (also a state licensed Administrator)
and Marketing Director has completed college courses in
marketing and activities programming for the elderly. She
has excelled in previous marketing positions and held the
position of a popular radio personality in both Virginia
and Tennessee before coming to Hickory Hill. Her training
is the same as that of the Administrator.
Our Director of Nursing is a Certified Dementia Care Specialist
and an RN licensed in Virginia. Following her retirement
of almost 30 years at the McGuire Veterans Hospital, she
joins Hickory Hill to provide health oversight of our residents.
Her annual training continues in the areas of dementia and
The Dietary Food Manager is a Certified Food Handler, trained by
the Virginia Health Department. She oversees all special diets,
plans weekly menus, together with the Administrator, and is chief
cook in our kitchen. Our kitchen staff receives in-service training
in food handling, preparation, health regulations, and safety at
Security of the building is monitored by our Facilities Manager.
He is licensed as a master plumber and also licensed by the Division
of Water, State of Virginia as a waterworks and wastewater operator.
The full-time Activities Coordinator attends many training classes
throughout the year at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital and specialized
classes determined by Hickory Hill.
Resident Assistants and Medication Technicians must be certified
or licensed to work at Hickory Hill. They are required by the State
of Virginia to complete 16 hours of training during their first
year and 4 hours of training each consecutive year in the care of
residents with cognitive impairments (dementia). At Hickory Hill
we require in-service training once every month for our nursing
team, covering all areas of nursing duties and medication management