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Working As A Resident Care Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $23,938

    Average Salary

What Does A Resident Care Aide Do

Personal care aides help clients with self-care and everyday tasks. They also provide social supports and assistance that enable clients to participate in their communities.

Duties

Personal care aides typically do the following:

  • Care for and assist clients with cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s or mental illness
  • Engage clients by talking to or playing games with them, or by taking them for walks
  • Help clients with hygiene-related tasks, such as bathing, brushing teeth, and going to the bathroom
  • Transfer clients to and from a bed or a wheelchair
  • Complete housekeeping tasks, such as changing bed linens, washing dishes, and cleaning living areas
  • Help prepare and plan meals
  • Assist with organizing a client’s schedule and schedule appointments
  • Arrange transportation to and from doctors’ offices or the store
  • Help clients pay bills or manage money
  • Shop for personal items and groceries
  • Assist clients in going to work and participating in their communities

Personal care aides—also called caregivers and personal attendants—help clients with self-care and daily activities. Personal care aides perform tasks that are similar to those of home health aides. However, personal care aides cannot provide any medical services, whereas home health aides may provide basic medical services.

Direct support professionals work with people who have developmental or intellectual disabilities. They may help create a behavior plan and teach self-care skills, such as doing laundry or cooking meals. They may also provide other personal assistance services.

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How To Become A Resident Care Aide

Most personal care aides are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for personal care aides, but most aides have a high school diploma.

Education

Although there are no formal education requirements for personal care aides, employers may prefer candidates with a high school diploma.

Training

Aides may be trained on the job by registered nurses, other personal care aides, or their direct employer. They are trained in specific tasks, such as how to work with a client who has a cognitive impairment and how to assist a client in preparing meals.

Most employers require aides to have training or certification in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Personal care aides must follow specific rules and protocols to help take care of clients. They must pay close attention to a client’s medical condition, quickly noting any changes that may require assistance from medical personnel.

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

Interpersonal skills. 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. Personal care aides should be comfortable performing physical tasks. They often need to lift or turn clients who have a disability.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Personal care aides may be required to complete a formal training program depending on the state where they work, and state laws vary widely in terms of the requirements that must be met. Some states and organizations may conduct background checks on prospective aides. A competency evaluation also may be required to ensure that the aide can perform certain tasks.

There are no federal training requirements for personal care aides. For specific state requirements, contact the state’s health board.

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Resident Care Aide Career Paths

Resident Care Aide
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse Nursing Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Program Coordinator Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Med Technician Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Adjunct Instructor Executive Chef
Food Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Service Supervisor Service Lead
Food Service Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Home Care Nurse Direct Support Professional
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nurses' Aide Activities Director
Life Enrichment Director
7 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Nurse Patient Care Manager
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Med Technician Technician Operations Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Aide Security Officer Operations Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Scheduler Front Office Manager
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Home Health Aid Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Specialist Merchandiser
Sales/Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Aide Home Health Aid Staff Nurse
Service Director
10 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Developmental Aide 4.0 years
Care Provider 2.5 years
Medication Aide 2.4 years
Health Aide 2.3 years
Nurses' Aide 2.3 years
Care Associate 2.2 years
Direct Care Aide 2.2 years
Resident 2.0 years
Resident Care Aide 2.0 years
Resident Aide 1.6 years
Hospitality Aide 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Resident Care Aide
Cashier 14.6%
Internship 3.0%
Teller 2.6%
Server 2.6%
Aide 2.0%
Top Careers After Resident Care Aide
Cashier 6.8%
Aide 2.8%

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Resident Care Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

86.0%

Male

12.4%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

66.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

French

18.2%

Vietnamese

4.5%

German

4.5%

Albanian

4.5%

Dutch

4.5%

Ilocano

4.5%

Tagalog

4.5%

Russian

4.5%
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Resident Care Aide Education

Schools

Community College of Allegheny County

10.4%

University of Phoenix

7.5%

Kellogg Community College

7.5%

Monroe Community College

7.5%

Baker College

6.7%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

6.0%

Everest Institute

6.0%

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

5.2%

Grand Rapids Community College

5.2%

Western Michigan University

5.2%

Grand Valley State University

4.5%

Mid Michigan Community College

4.5%

Erie Community College

4.5%

Bryant and Stratton College

3.7%

Bryant & Stratton College-Buffalo

3.0%

Ross Medical Education Center

3.0%

Ferris State University

3.0%

Orange County Community College

2.2%

Kirtland Community College

2.2%

Baker College of Jackson

2.2%
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Majors

Nursing

24.9%

Medical Assisting Services

10.2%

Nursing Assistants

9.5%

Health Care Administration

8.8%

Business

7.8%

General Studies

6.2%

Criminal Justice

4.7%

Psychology

4.5%

Human Services

3.3%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Social Work

2.6%

Mental Health Counseling

2.4%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.9%

Health Sciences And Services

1.9%

Accounting

1.7%

Cosmetology

1.4%

Pharmacy

1.4%

Medical Technician

1.4%

Computer Science

1.2%

Communication

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

42.4%

Associate

22.3%

Bachelors

16.8%

Certificate

10.6%

Diploma

4.2%

Masters

2.5%

License

1.1%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Resident Care Aide

  1. Independent Living
  2. Personal Care
  3. Laundry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • provide assistance to residents who have limited mobility by helping them walk or transporting them in wheelchairsThree Rivers Center for Independent Living
  • Provided personal care and companionship.
  • Assist residents with feeding, hygiene, pass out medications, chart activities of daily living, laundry, light cleaning.
  • Worked in an assisted living facility helping the elderly with ADL cares with verbal prompts and some hands on cares.
  • Provided incontinence care and used reorientation techniques when caring for dementia patients.

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