Resident Care Aide Salary
Job Description for Resident Care Aide
Resident care aides work primarily in nursing centers which care for hospice patients, dementia patients, and senior residents. They typically assist residents with daily living activities, such as feeding, dressing, showering, and grooming, and they must ensure that living areas are clean and fluid/liquid intakes are monitored at all times. As directed, they may also record vital signs such as blood pressure and body temperature, administer medication, or remind residents to take medication in a timely manner.Read More...
Many employers require applicants to have an up-to-date CNA License, current CPR/First Aid certification, and fire safety training. They may also be required to observe patients to detect symptoms such as bruises or open wounds which may require medical attention and, if applicable, report their observations to authorized staff, registered nurses, or patients' physicians.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills are important in this position, and flexibility is also important, as nursing facilities operate twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Resident care aides usually work on a rotating shift schedule, and the ability to speak a second language, such as Spanish, can be helpful. Educational requirements are not strict for this position, though a high school diploma or equivalent may be a minimum requirement. Prior work experience may also be required by some employers, while others provide on-the-job training.
Resident Care Aide Tasks
- Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
- Perform a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies or running errands.
- Monitor food and liquid intake and vital signs.
- Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
- Transport clients to locations outside the home, such as to physicians' offices or on outings, using a motor vehicle.
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Pay by Experience Level for Resident Care Aide
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $21K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $21K. Resident Care Aides who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $22K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $27K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.
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