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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
  • $25,000

    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
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Specialist Consultant
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Office Manager
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Team Leader Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Registered Nurse Clinical Coordinator
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Therapeutic Support Staff Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Consultant Case Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurses' Aide Team Leader Assistant Director
Acting Director
8 Yearsyrs
Nurses' Aide Senior Technician Specialist Nursing Director
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurses' Aide Senior Technician Specialist Director Of Social Services
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Assistant Property Manager
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Med Technician Housekeeper Supervisor House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Med Technician Housekeeper Supervisor Kitchen Manager
Dietary Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Cleaner Personal Care Assistant Therapeutic Support Staff
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Home Care Giver 3.0 years
Care Provider 2.6 years
Care Associate 2.5 years
Nurses' Aide 2.5 years
Health Aide 2.5 years
Direct Care Aide 2.3 years
Direct Care Worker 2.3 years
Care Taker 2.3 years
Resident Care Aide 2.0 years
Resident Aide 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Resident Care Aide
Cashier 18.0%
Server 3.0%
Internship 2.2%
Volunteer 2.0%
Top Careers After Resident Care Aide
Cashier 8.0%
Server 2.3%

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Top Skills for A Resident Care Aide

  1. Resident Care
  2. Personal Care Requirements
  3. ADL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided primary resident care and assistance with daily living activities.
  • Assisted elderly residents with ADL's, such as personal hygiene, ambulating, and medication administration
  • Worked with adults with dementia in a secured memory care unit, dispensed medications, and light housekeeping.
  • Perform life enrichment activities beneficial for geriatric dementia patients.
  • Instruct and advise clients on issues such as household cleanliness, utilities, hygiene, nutrition and personal care.

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Resident Care Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

74.9%

Unknown

12.6%

Male

12.5%
Ethnicity

White

67.4%

Black or African American

11.7%

Hispanic or Latino

11.5%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.6%

French

11.8%

Vietnamese

2.9%

German

2.9%

Albanian

2.9%

Dutch

2.9%

Ilocano

2.9%

Tagalog

2.9%

Russian

2.9%
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Resident Care Aide Education

Schools

Baker College

9.9%

Everest Institute

9.6%

Community College of Allegheny County

7.8%

University of Phoenix

6.8%

Monroe Community College

6.5%

Kellogg Community College

5.8%

Bryant and Stratton College

5.8%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

5.5%

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

5.5%

Ross Medical Education Center

4.8%

Western Michigan University

4.8%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.4%

Mid Michigan Community College

4.1%

Erie Community College

3.4%

Grand Valley State University

3.1%

The Academy

2.7%

Wayne County Community College District

2.4%

Lansing Community College

2.4%

Career Quest Learning Center

2.4%

Brown University

2.4%
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Majors

Nursing

26.9%

Medical Assisting Services

15.6%

Nursing Assistants

7.0%

Health Care Administration

6.9%

Business

6.6%

Criminal Justice

5.6%

General Studies

5.5%

Psychology

4.0%

Human Services

3.0%

Social Work

2.6%

Mental Health Counseling

2.3%

Cosmetology

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Health Sciences And Services

1.8%

Medical Technician

1.8%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.5%

Pharmacy

1.5%

Education

1.2%

Early Childhood Education

1.1%

Biology

1.1%
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Degrees

Other

42.7%

Associate

21.6%

Bachelors

16.1%

Certificate

10.5%

Diploma

5.0%

Masters

2.1%

License

1.9%

Doctorate

0.1%
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