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Become A Residential Aide

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Working As A Residential Aide

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Stressful

  • $44,741

    Average Salary

What Does A Residential Aide Do At NHS Human Services, Inc.

* Work involves providing individualized care, activities of daily living, including proper maintenance of living area, and guiding residents in leisure activities, work and day programming.
* Work also entails all chores necessary to maintain as normal a living environment as possible, i.e., laundry and housekeeping.
* Work is performed in accordance with appropriate procedures under the supervision of the House Manager who reviews results through living area observation of activities in progress, residents' responsiveness, inspection of living areas, reports, and periodic meetings.
* Staff will be required to follow a designated shift routine and assignments as outlined by the House Manager.
* For similar positions, please visit www.nhsonline.org/careers Warehouse

What Does A Residential Aide Do At Common Ground

* Monitoring of residents; making hourly rounds with security wand, and maintaining a safe, stable housing environment
* Provide residents with access to their medication
* Answer telephone calls, direct calls, take messages, answer questions, and provide information
* Reporting and documentation of incidents, crisis intervention , communicating with On-call management team
* Record keeping including documentation of daily attendance, shift report, bed count, visitors, writing progress notes as needed, etc
* Greet persons entering establishment, determine nature and purpose of visit, and direct or escort them to specific destinations.
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What Does A Residential Aide Do At Mainegeneral Health

* Ensure the safety and security of clients and facility during overnight hours of duty.
* Provides substance abuse information and support to extended care clients.
* The ideal candidate will have:
* Certified Residential Medication Aid (CRMA) certification required within 2 months of hire
* CPR/First Aid certification required within 2 months of hire
* MOAB certification required within 6 months of hire
* High school diploma or equivalency plus general knowledge of substance abuse counseling preferred.
* Experience in residential care setting preferred
* One year direct service provisions in health or social services program

What Does A Residential Aide Do At Win (Women In Need)

* Maintain a secure and functional environment for residents, staff, visitors and volunteers
* Welcome new families that arrive and conduct orientation and house rules
* Handle crisis by deciding what actions are required and information appropriate staff of actions taken and of any follow-up required through log-book, written note or phone conversation
* Observe all residents and have the ability to recognize signs of substance abuse, child abuse and criminal activity and immediately advise the appropriate staff and work with the facility staff to conduct investigation
* Acquire understanding of building features and potential problems
* Maintain daily log book, school attendance, visitor and resident sign-in logs
* Patrol transitional housing sites/apartments, maintain standing posts and conduct vertical patrols as required
* Visit multiple apartment buildings as required and report any and all incidents to the appropriate supervisors
* Attend program and agency staff meetings, house meetings, case conferences and training sessions as required
* Use the computer to complete intakes and other reports on the CARES data base
* Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor

What Does A Residential Aide Do At Volunteers of America-Greater New York

* Supervise client participation in daily program activities, monitor observance of client's rights and client adherence to program rules and routines.
* Escort clients to appointments, manage bed assignments, collect census data, and distribute client linens and supplies.
* Maintain knowledge of service models.
* Communicate with case management staff and perform assigned tasks related to model service delivery.
* Make scheduled rounds of assigned areas to safeguard clients and property and promote appropriate behavior.
* Provide emergency response including crisis management, first aid, CPR and fire response as needed.
* Report any instances of violations of client rights, incidents involving clients' non-compliance of rules and regulations and any criminal activity promptly to the supervisor.
* Complete Incident Reports as outlined by the Program Manual and Funder guidelines.
* Drive agency vehicles to transport clients, staff and materials, if assigned.
* Perform related tasks as needed.
* Client participation and activities are monitored and documented.
* Incumbent is skilled in application of service delivery models.
* Program facilities are well supervised and safe.
* Incidents are appropriately managed.
* Incident and routine reporting to supervisors are timely and accurate.
* If assigned, driving duties are performed courteously, efficiently and safely.
* Related tasks are performed completely, on time and accurately

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How To Become A Residential Aide

Requirements for social and human service assistants vary, although they typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers prefer to hire workers who have additional education or experience.


Although a high school diploma is typically required, some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. A certificate or an associate’s degree in a subject such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or social or behavioral science is common for workers entering this occupation.

Human service degree programs train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Many programs include fieldwork to give students hands-on experience.

The level of education that social and human service assistants have completed often determines the responsibilities they are given. Those with a high school diploma are likely to do lower level work, such as helping clients fill out paperwork. Assistants with some college education may coordinate program activities or manage a group home.

Although postsecondary education is important, some employers may prefer or allow for applicants who have related work experience. In some cases, candidates may substitute such experience in place of postsecondary education. 


Many social and human service assistants, particularly those without any postsecondary education, undergo a period of on-the-job training. Because such workers often are dealing with multiple clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, on-the-job training in case management helps prepare them to respond appropriately to the different needs and situations of their clients.


For social and human service assistants, additional education is almost always necessary for advancement. In general, advancement to case management or social work jobs requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Social and human service assistants talk with clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. These workers must be able to listen to their clients and to communicate the clients’ needs to organizations that can help them.

Compassion. Social and human service assistants often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Social and human service assistants must make their clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also need to build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in their communities.

Organizational skills. Social and human service assistants often must complete lots of paperwork and work with many different clients. They must be organized in order to ensure that the paperwork is filed properly and that clients are getting the help they need.

Problem-solving skills. Social and human service assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients’ needs and offer practical solutions.

Time-management skills. Social and human service assistants often work with many clients. They must manage their time effectively to ensure that their clients are getting the attention they need.

Some employers require a criminal background check. In some settings, workers need a valid driver’s license.

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Top Residential Aide Skills

  1. Daily Living Skills
  2. Ensure Safety
  3. Facility
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted developmentally disabled adults with daily living skills.
  • Monitored activities and inspected the facility to ensure safety and cleanliness.
  • Front desk and reception duties i.e., screening calls, maintain client files, and direct facility traffic.
  • Care for clients by taking care of home responsibilities such as cleaning and laundry
  • Direct programming and personal care of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

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