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Become A Resident Care Associate

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Working As A Resident Care Associate

  • 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

Example Of What A Resident Care Associate does

  • Instruct Art Class Care for Alzheimer residents needs and dealt with the unexpected.
  • Assisted elderly residents in maintain a normal way of life.
  • Chart on residents behavior.Assist resident with daily care needs.
  • Provide assistance with grooming and meal preparation Perform vitals Chart on each client daily behaviors.
  • Teach, assist and encourage clients' independence with personal care and social skills.
  • Recognized individual needs and encouraged independence.
  • Worked in Alzheimer's unit and in CBRF.
  • Assess residents to determine if injuries have occurred, analyze systems, properly administer medications, and maintain records.
  • Assist with meals, transfers, using appropriate assistive devices, bathing, toileting, catheterization care, dressing and grooming.
  • Provide personal and emotional support to those who cannot look after themselves.
  • Developed patient care plans, including assessments, evaluations, and nursing diagnoses.
  • Assisted with resident's direct patient care.
  • Checked vital signs and recorded the results on patients charts.
  • Provide excellent customer service as an ambassador of the facility.
  • Assisted Alzheimer and Dementia patients with life's daily duties such as brushing teeth, getting dressed, eating, etc.
  • Completed residents laundry and kept residents room cleaned.
  • Transferred residents to and from activities and meals according to their individual service plan.
  • Worked with a team of CNA and nursing staff to manage the daily care of residents.
  • Assisted resident's ADL's.
  • Maintain a clean, healthy, and safe environment.

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How To Become A Resident Care Associate

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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Resident Care Associate Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Vietnamese

  • Bosnian

  • Carrier

  • Armenian

  • Serbian

  • Russian

  • Polish

  • Croatian

  • Italian

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Top Skills for A Resident Care Associate


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Top Resident Care Associate Skills

  1. Residents Laundry
  2. Assistive Devices
  3. Memory Care Residents
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Do residents laundry, and light housekeeping if needed.
  • Assist with meals, transfers, using appropriate assistive devices, bathing, toileting, catheterization care, dressing and grooming.
  • Assisted geriatric residents of the Harbor Alzheimer's Unit.
  • Skilled at health fundamental, ADL s, total care, and therapeutic exercise; also trained for Hospice Care.
  • Provided nursing related services to dementia patients

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