The primary purpose of the Resident Assistant (RA) is to provide
personal care to residents in a manner conducive to their safety
and comfort consistent with policies and procedures while complying
with state, federal and all other applicable health care
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS include the following.
Other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made
to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
Assists with lifting, turning, moving, positioning, and
transporting residents into and out beds, chairs, bathtubs,
wheelchairs, lifts, etc.
Assists with the daily physical and hygienic care needs of
residents as directed. These duties include but are not limited to
o Assists residents with dressing and ensure that dependent
residents are dressed in clean, dry clothing appropriate for
season, in good repair, changing clothes/gowns when wet or
o Gives or assists resident with bathing and daily dental/mouth
o Assists residents with hair combing, brushing, shampooing, and
o Keeps incontinent residents clean, dry, and odor free;
maintain per community policy.
o Assists residents with bowel and bladder functions.
Makes beds and changes bed linens when soiled.
Assists residents in preparing for activity and social
Assists and accompany residents with travel if necessary.
Prepares residents for meals, assists, serving food trays or
feed residents, as necessary and record/or report residents intake
or acceptance of food, serve snacks or nourishments in between
Advises nurse of residents status and condition at beginning and
end of shift and documents observations as required.
Maintains records and flow sheets accurately and timely.
Observes and reports the presence of skin breakdown or redness
to the nurse.
Observes and reports any physical or emotional changes observed
in the residents including any complaints or grievances made by the
Promotes a safe and clean environment.
Assures that all equipment is clean and functional and reports
any malfunctions to supervisor.
Complies with requirements of procedures for safe lifting and/or
transfer of residents per established policies and procedures.
Washes hands before and after performing any service for the
resident and follows infection control guidelines and universal
Reports all hazardous conditions and equipment to a nurse
Reviews care plans daily to ensure provision of appropriate
Maintains confidentiality of all resident information and
ensures resident privacy in accordance with HIPAA and community
Promotes and supports the greatest possible degree of
independence for residents.
Reports any issues or problems that may arise to the Nurse
and/or Wellness Director.
Complies with state, federal, and all other applicable health
care and safety standards.
Assists families and other visitors as needed.
Attends/completes required in-services and other required
Performs other duties as directed.
SUPERVISORY REQUIREMENTS of this position are generally as
This position does not require supervisory responsibility.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE an equivalent
combination of education, training and experience will be
High School Diploma or equivalent; minimum of 1 year of previous
long-term care experience preferred; or an equivalent combination
of education and experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES which may be
representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated
with this position.
Reading Ability - Able to read and interpret written
Written Communication - Able to write clearly and
Verbal Communication - Able to talk to others to convey
Reasoning Ability - Able to apply common sense understanding to
carry out simple written or oral instructions.
English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the
Math Ability - Knowledge of basic arithmetic.
Medicine - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to
treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes
symptoms and preventive healthcare measures.
Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles for
providing customer and personal services. This includes meeting
quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs
and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people
are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking
questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate
Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures;
reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials
Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely
Organizational Support - Follows company policies and
Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment;
changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal
with frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events.
Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities;
advises for additional resources in needed.
Attendance/Punctuality - Arrives to work/meetings on time.
Dependability - Completes tasks accurately and on time or
notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
Professionalism - Treats others with respect and consideration
regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for
COMPUTER SKILLS/EQUIPMENT USED TO PERFORM THE
JOB which may be representative but not all inclusive of
those commonly associated with this position.
Various medical equipment, including, but not limited to, blood
pressure cuff, stethoscope, Accu-Check machine, thermometer, weight
WORK ENVIRONMENT environmental or atmospheric
conditions commonly associated with the performance of the
functions of this job.
The associate is occasionally required to wear protective
The associate may be exposed to blood, bodily fluids, odors and
airborne particles, dust or fumes.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
PHYSICAL ABILITIES commonly associated with the
performance of the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations
may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
While performing the duties of this job, the associate is
frequently required to talk or hear, stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel
or crouch, use hands to use hands to grasp, manipulate or feel
objects and reach with hands and arms. The associate is
occasionally required to smell.
The associate must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds unassisted. The
associate may lift and/or move up to 200 pounds with
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close
vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and
the ability to adjust focus.