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Become A Geriatric Aide

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Working As A Geriatric Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $26,695

    Average Salary

What Does A Geriatric Aide Do At Genesis Healthcare

* Provides patient care in a manner conducive to safety and comfort.
* Patient care includes, but is not limited to:
* Assists patient with or performs Activities of Daily Living (ADL);
* Obtains and records Vital Signs and weights per policy;
* Assists patients with ambulation and transfers;
* Positions patients in correct body alignment in and out of bed;
* Applies adaptive equipment as ordered;
* Cares for personal belongings;
* Assists physician and/or licensed nurse with treatments and procedures as needed;
* Makes both occupied and unoccupied beds;
* Accompanies patients when transported outside the center for appointments as requested;
* Ensures patients are ready for scheduled rehab therapy and transports patients to rehab area;
* Notifies licensed nurse if patient identification is missing;
* Participates in the care planning process and implements care according to care plan;
* Performs skin care treatments, as permitted by state regulation;
* Applies simple clean dressings, slings, stockings, and support bandages, under direction of the licensed nurse, as permitted by state regulation;
* Feeds or assists patients with meals and provides additional nourishment and hydration per care plan;
* Records patient's oral intake and output;
* Uses Point Click Care (PCC
* POC) according to the Business Processes, if applicable;
* Answers call light or bell promptly, delivers messages, cleans areas of spillage or accidents;
* Uses Standard precautions when caring for all patients.
* Adheres to Contact and/or Droplet Precautions as indicated;
* Participates in the orientation of new nursing assistants;
* Reports changes in patient's condition, patient/family concerns or complaints to charge nurse and/or supervisor;
* Collects and bags soiled linen and delivers to dirty linen area;
* Obtains clean linens and supplies from supply areas, cleans utility rooms, kitchen areas and all other nursing areas, as assigned;
* Cleans patient equipment as assigned;
* Transfers patient's belongings and equipment as directed, and assists with postmortem care;
* Assists with patient discharge as requested;
* Assists with the orientation of newly hired GNAs;
* Promotes a culture of safety to ensure a healthy practice and living environment;
* Collaborates and coordinates with other departments to provide timely effective care consistent with individual's needs, choices and preferences;
* Contributes to an environment that is respectful, team-oriented, and responsive to the concerns of staff, patients and families;
* Participates in quality improvement activities as requested;
* Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive Protected Health Information (PHI) at all times;
* Stays and works beyond scheduled shift if needed to meet state staffing requirements and/or needs of patients;
* Performs other duties as requested.
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How To Become A Geriatric Aide

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program and must pass their state’s competency exam. Orderlies generally have at least a high school diploma.

Education and Training

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program in which they learn the basic principles of nursing and complete supervised clinical work. These programs are found in high schools, community colleges, vocational and technical schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

In addition, nursing assistants typically complete a brief period of on-the-job training to learn about their specific employer’s policies and procedures.

Orderlies typically have at least a high school diploma and receive a short period of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved education program, nursing assistants take a competency exam. Passing this exam allows them to use state-specific titles. In some states, a nursing assistant or aide is called a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but titles vary from state to state.

Nursing assistants who have passed the competency exam are placed on a state registry. Nursing assistants must be on the state registry to work in a nursing home.

Some states have other requirements as well, such as continuing education and a criminal background check. Check with state boards of nursing or health for more information.

In some states, nursing assistants can earn additional credentials, such as becoming a Certified Medication Assistant (CMA). As a CMA, they can give medications.

Orderlies do not need a license, however, many jobs require a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, which shows they are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Nursing assistants and orderlies must be able to communicate effectively to address patients’ or residents’ concerns. They also need to relay important information to other healthcare workers.

Compassion. Nursing assistants and orderlies assist and care for the sick, injured, and elderly. Doing so requires a compassionate and empathetic attitude.

Patience. The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients or residents can be stressful. Nursing assistants and orderlies must have patience in order to complete these tasks.

Physical stamina. Nursing assistants and orderlies spend much of their time on their feet. They should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or moving patients.

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Geriatric Aide Demographics


  • Female

  • Male



  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Black or African American

  • Unknown

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Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin

  • Vietnamese

  • Chinese

  • Cantonese

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Top Skills for A Geriatric Aide


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Top Geriatric Aide Skills

  1. Companionship
  2. Patient Care
  3. Alzheimer
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided caring companionship to elderly and developmentally disabled patients.
  • Developed patient care plans, including assessments, evaluations, and nursing diagnoses.
  • Job description: Caring for and assisting geriatric residents with varying levels of dementia, Alzheimer's and other mental disorders.
  • Demonstrated safe practices by utilizing proper body mechanics, adhering to universal precautions and maintaining environmental safety for self and clients.
  • Provided primary resident care and assistance with daily living activities.

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