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Become A Nursing Home Aide

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Working As A Nursing Home Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • $22,838

    Average Salary

What Does A Nursing Home Aide Do At Rosebud Health Care Center

* Responsible for the care of the residents in relation to their personal hygiene, such as bathing, oral hygiene, peri-care, etc.
* Passes meal trays in a timely manner, assist patients in eating.
* Distribute drinking water and snacks to patients
* Toilets patients before and after meals, as needed, and as patient condition allows.
* Assist in use of bedpan, commode or urinal
* Assists patients with handling of clothing and other personal items: dentures, hearing aids, glasses, and prosthetics.
* Responsible for medication passes to residents
* Passes medications and gives treatments according to physicians' orders and under the direct supervision of the Registered Nurse on duty
* Maintains a clean and organized medication cart
* Notifies charge nurse of needed refills of medications or concerns regarding the residents
* Responsible for the safety of residents
* Assures call light is within reach
* Knows patient's fall risk status and assist in implementing fall risk interventions such as bed alarm, tabs unit
* Answers call lights in a timely manner
* Assists patients in positioning, transferring, lifting and turning.
* Assist patient in ambulating with use of gait belt
* Responsible for seeking assistance when moving or transferring a patient cannot be safely done with one person
* Knowledge of and proper utilization of special equipment needed for transfer

What Does A Nursing Home Aide Do At Centers Health Care

* advancing to the next resident if previous resident is not ready (notifying therapist when returning to department), ensuring that resident’s feet are on the foot rests when applicable, ensuring resident is in correct wheelchair by checking name tag on back of wheelchair, ensuring appropriate seat belt or seat alarm is in place, ensuring oxygen tanks have sufficient oxygen and notify nursing and /or therapy when low, transports one resident at a time, and upon completion of therapy session returns resident to unit, nursing station or dining room, if requested.
* Do not return resident to their rooms unattended unless instructed.
* Escorts independently ambulatory residents to the rehabilitation department when requested.
* Provides additional physical help for patient transfer and safety needs under the direct supervision of a therapist or therapist assistant.
* Assistants do not perform clinical tasks reserved for licensed therapists or therapist assistants.
* Maintains cleanliness and safety of the rehabilitation department’s physical environment and assigned equipment.
* Oversees maintenance of equipment in accordance with infection control safety guidelines.
* Responsible for maintenance and replenishment of daily needs of clean linen and other commonly used items.
* Returns used/soiled linens to housekeeping per facility protocol.
* Completes assigned clerical duties, such as computer data entry, photocopying, filing, answering the phone, retrieval of therapy related documentation and other paperwork.
* Maintains a record of equipment maintenance and cleaning schedule as assigned by the therapist manager/s.
* Performs routine inventory and informs the Therapist Manager/s of stock replenishment needs.
* Performs other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor.
* Participates in quality improvement activities as assigned by the Therapist Manager and/or Corporate Director of Rehabilitation.
* Responsible for service and operational excellence of all assigned activities to ensure the delivery of quality services required to meet or exceed the expectations of patients / residents, families, caregivers and customers.
* Exhibits courtesy, compassion and respect to patients, residents, families, caregivers, visitors, physicians, administrators and co-workers.
* Adheres to established confidentiality standards, including but not limited to HIPPA regulations and internal company policies

What Does A Nursing Home Aide Do At Ascension Health

* Implements and monitors patient care plans.
* Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate.
* Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care.
* Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders.
* Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team

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How To Become A Nursing Home Aide

There is no formal education requirement for home health aides, but most aides have at least a high school diploma. Home health aides who work for certified home health or hospice agencies must complete formal training and pass a standardized test.


Although a high school diploma or equivalent is not generally required, most home health aides have one before entering the occupation. Some formal education programs may be available from community colleges or vocational schools.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Home health aides who work for agencies that receive reimbursement from Medicare or Medicaid must get a minimum level of training and pass a competency evaluation to be certified. Training typically includes learning about personal hygiene, reading and recording vital signs, infection control, and basic nutrition. Aides may take a competency exam to become certified without taking any training.

Additional requirements for certification vary by state. In some states, the only requirement for employment is on-the-job training, which employers generally provide. Other states require formal training, which is available from community colleges, vocational schools, elder care programs, and home healthcare agencies. In addition, states may conduct background checks on prospective aides. For specific state requirements, contact the state’s health board.

In addition, many home health aides may be required to obtain CPR certification.


Home health aides may be trained in housekeeping tasks, such as cooking for clients who have special dietary needs. Aides learn basic safety techniques, including how to respond in an emergency. Specific training may be needed for certification if state certification is required.

In addition, clients have their own preferences, and aides may need time to become comfortable working with them.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Home health aides must adhere to specific rules and protocols to help take care of clients. Aides must carefully follow instructions from healthcare professionals, such as how to care for a client’s wound or how to identify changes in a client’s condition.

Integrity. Home health aides should make clients feel comfortable when they tend to personal activities, such as helping a client bathe. In addition, home health aides must be dependable and trustworthy so that clients and their families can rely on them.

Interpersonal skills. Home health aides must work closely with their clients. Sometimes, clients are in extreme pain or distress, and aides must be sensitive to their emotions. Aides must be compassionate, and they must enjoy helping people.

Physical stamina. Home health aides should be comfortable performing physical tasks. They might need to lift or turn clients.

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Nursing Home Aide Demographics


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  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Black or African American

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Top Skills for A Nursing Home Aide


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Top Nursing Home Aide Skills

  1. Daily Living
  2. Basic Patient Care
  3. Personal Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist residents/ home patients with Activities of Daily Living.
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
  • Obtain and record patient's vital signs, intake and output, and blood glucose.
  • Assisted nurse with the residents with their ADL.
  • Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.

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