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Working As A Residential Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • $31,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Residential Aide Do

Home health aides help people with disabilities, chronic illness, or cognitive impairment with activities of daily living. They often help older adults who need assistance. In some states, home health aides may be able to give a client medication or check the client’s vital signs under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner.

Duties

Home health aides typically do the following:

  • Assist clients in their daily personal tasks, such as bathing or dressing
  • Provide basic health-related services according to a client’s needs, such as checking vital signs or administering prescribed medication at scheduled times
  • Do light housekeeping, such as laundry, washing dishes, and vacuuming in a client’s home
  • Help to organize a client’s schedule and plan appointments
  • Arrange transportation to doctors’ offices or for other kinds of outings
  • Shop for groceries and prepare meals to meet a client’s dietary specifications
  • Help to keep clients engaged in their social networks and communities

Home health aides, unlike personal care aides, typically work for certified home health or hospice agencies that receive government funding and therefore must comply with regulations. They work under the direct supervision of medical professionals, usually nurses. These aides keep records of services performed and of clients’ conditions and progress. They report changes in clients’ conditions to supervisors or case managers. Home health aides also work with therapists and other medical staff.

Depending on their clients’ needs, home health aides may provide some basic health-related services, such as checking a client’s pulse, temperature, and respiration rate. They may also help with simple prescribed exercises and or with giving medications. Occasionally, they change bandages or dressings, give massages, care for skin, or help with braces and artificial limbs. With special training, experienced home health aides also may help with medical equipment such as ventilators, which help clients breathe.

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How To Become A Residential 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.

Education

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.

Training

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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Residential Aide Career Paths

Residential Aide
Case Manager Program Coordinator Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Residential Counselor Program Coordinator Operations Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Personal Care Assistant Specialist Therapist
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Resident Assistant Registered Nurse Nurse Manager
Department Director
6 Yearsyrs
Programming Specialist Outreach Coordinator Director Of Outreach
Director Of Communications And Outreach
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Program Director
Director Of Program Services
8 Yearsyrs
Residential Advisor Mental Health Technician Program Supervisor
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Instructor Program Director
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Specialist Maintenance Technician
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Resident Assistant Facilitator Clinician
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Counselor Driver Direct Support Professional
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Personal Care Assistant Customer Care Representative Leasing Consultant
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Counselor Security Officer Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Residential Advisor House Manager Program Supervisor
Residential Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Residential Counselor Case Manager Operations Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Developmental Aide 4.0 years
Service Aide 2.4 years
Direct Care Aide 2.2 years
Direct Care Worker 2.1 years
Residential Worker 2.1 years
Support Staff 2.0 years
Residential Aide 2.0 years
Aide 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Residential Aide
Cashier 16.7%
Internship 5.8%
Aide 3.2%
Volunteer 3.1%
Server 2.6%
Supervisor 2.5%
Top Careers After Residential Aide
Cashier 8.1%
Internship 4.6%
Counselor 3.0%
Aide 2.8%
Supervisor 2.6%

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Residential Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

73.0%

Male

25.3%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

66.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.7%

French

8.5%

Chinese

3.4%

Mandarin

3.4%

Indonesian

1.7%

Czech

1.7%

Yoruba

1.7%

Dutch

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Catalan

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Dakota

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Korean

1.7%

Navajo

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Italian

1.7%
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Residential Aide Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.7%

Community College of Philadelphia

11.7%

Syracuse University

8.8%

Camden County College

7.1%

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

5.7%

Liberty University

5.3%

Erie Community College

4.6%

Temple University

4.2%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.9%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

3.9%

College of New Rochelle

3.9%

Grand Rapids Community College

3.5%

Niagara County Community College

3.5%

Grand Canyon University

3.5%

Wilmington University

3.2%

Utah State University

3.2%

Walden University

2.8%

University of Maryland - Eastern Shore

2.8%

Bryant and Stratton College

2.8%

Community College of Allegheny County

2.8%
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Majors

Nursing

12.8%

Psychology

11.4%

Business

10.4%

Criminal Justice

8.9%

Human Services

7.8%

Social Work

7.2%

Medical Assisting Services

7.2%

Health Care Administration

5.7%

General Studies

4.3%

Nursing Assistants

4.2%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Education

2.5%

Sociology

2.3%

Mental Health Counseling

2.1%

Human Development

1.9%

Pharmacy

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Social Sciences

1.7%

Special Education

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

32.9%

Bachelors

28.4%

Associate

16.7%

Masters

8.7%

Certificate

7.4%

Diploma

3.7%

License

1.2%

Doctorate

0.9%
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Top Skills for A Residential Aide

  1. Daily Living
  2. Ensure Safety
  3. Facility
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  • Provided direct services in community and daily living to individuals who are blind/visually impaired and developmentally disabled.
  • Monitored activities and inspected the facility to ensure safety and cleanliness.
  • Assist resident with Activities of Daily Living and encourage participation in activities at facility.
  • Direct programming and personal care of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • Provide appropriate supervision of residential clients and their children, including supervision of work assignments, meal preparation and recreational activities.

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