Member Spotlight: Hannah Horn of Accura HealthCare

June 1, 2022

As the regional director of business development at Accura HealthCare, Hannah Horn has a passion for the future of long-term care. She enjoys overcoming challenges, finding new solutions and improving the quality of life for residents and tenants.

How did you become interested in the long-term care profession?
I was searching for opportunities in business development when I moved home to the Midwest back in 2021 from Utah. Upon reviewing opportunities, Accura HealthCare stood out to me because it was in the long-term care industry. I had not worked in health care but went for it anyway and ended up being extended the opportunity of a lifetime!

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
The challenges of working in long-term care over the past year have oddly become my favorite part about the industry. We are all going through a major time of change and rebirth. We are looking at things in a new way, coming up with new ideas and solutions. That is what I really like ⁠— being a part of bringing something into the next era and getting to help our communities bridge the gap between what long-term care used to look like and what it is now. Very exciting!

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
It’s not only an industry that is worthwhile and meaningful in itself, while also being in-demand and a safe career path, but, most notably, it is an industry that has such a large capacity for innovation and a growing demand! Long-term care is exciting in how fast it is changing and becoming something more. More in the way we serve residents and tenants, and more in the footprint we all have in society and how vital the industry is becoming to our social-infrastructure and will continue to be in the coming years. It’s also an industry that is incredibly welcoming to newcomers who want to become part of it, so joining the movement is not only smart but also easy.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help outside of work?
I have learned resiliency. Every day is different as the industry is going through ups and downs every other month. In work and in life, navigating the inevitable challenges and consistently exercising our mental toughness and resiliency is something no one wants to do. But when it is done and endured, it generates a more capable self and a sense of achievement and fulfillment. The industry has taught me to celebrate wins big and small and to always press on. One bad day can stay just that if you press on and focus on the actionable things you can do to change or better a certain outcome while learning from mistakes. The industry has certainly produced thousands of resilient diamonds of health care workers over the past years we have endured together. Persistent resiliency has certainly permeated all aspects of my character for the better.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and my two dogs, tending to plants, seeing family and friends, making dinner, baking, taking weekend trips, knitting, watching the Office repeatedly and going to the gym.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“Perhaps happiness is always to be found in the journey uphill, and not in the fleeting sense of satisfaction awaiting at the next peak.” This is currently my favorite quote because it summarizes the era of life I am in. I think a life of duty and responsibility is a life worth getting out of bed for every day. A purposeful life is better than a happy life.

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