Resident Assistant


Job Description, Duties, and Requirements

The Resident Assistant is a non-licensed individual who assists residents with the activities of daily living and for assisting as needed to accomplish the goals of the facility.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Performs mouth, eye and hair care to include denture care and shaving of male residents.
  • Performs bath and back care to include partial or complete baths, showers, sitz baths and tub baths.
  • Makes beds daily and follows linen change schedule.
  • Assists in food service: serves trays, assists in feeding residents, feeds if necessary, picks up trays and records food intake, serves interval nourishments.
  • Serves ice and fresh water and maintains aseptic environment.
  • Recognizes and observes NPO signs or other restrictions on fluid intake, eg: no hot or ice liquids.
  • Assists with toilet needs.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of body mechanics.
  • Remains aware of residents placed on limited motion.
  • Assists residents with progressive activity: dangle, stand by bed, sit in chair and walk.
  • Gives proper skin care constantly observing pressure areas for bedsores and reports immediately.
  • Assists patient in and out of bed.
  • Assists with ambulation.
  • Checks and records vital signs, blood pressure, TPR.
  • Weighs resident as indicated.
  • Administers emergency resuscitation of residents in cardiac arrest.
  • Assists in emergency admission, care and evacuation of residents in a disaster.
  • Supervises self-administration of medications.
  • Assists in maintaining cleanliness, order, and an attractive environment at all times.
  • Provides necessary equipment at resident’s bedside.
  • Insures clean and safe surrounding.
  • Adjusts side rails according to established procedure.
  • Collects and disposes of trash according to procedure.
  • Cares for soiled and contaminated linens according to procedure.
  • Inventories and maintenances supplies and equipment.
  • Assists with resident laundry.
  • Documents signs, symptoms and statements made by residents or family.
  • Documents request from the residents or family.
  • Reports accidents or injuries sustained by self, residents or visitors.
  • Documents care according to procedure.
  • Listens to change of shift report.
  • Evaluates self-care abilities/limitations and identifies need for additional safety measures.
  • Evaluates and documents for signs/symptoms of abuse and neglect.
  • Assesses and interprets data relative to resident’s age.
  • Recognizes anxiety regarding potential changes in lifestyle resulting from illness.
  • Addresses resident appropriately.
  • Provides for resident’s privacy.
  • Respects resident’s right to refuse treatment.
  • Assesses for limiting conditions (vision, hearing, elimination, etc.).
  • Implements skin integrity and/or risk to fall protocols.
  • Allows residents to discuss thoughts and plans related to death and dying.
  • Assesses nutritional intake.




Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Ability to compile, code and categorize, or verify information/data
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to determine appropriate course of action in more complex situation
  • Ability to work independently, exercise creativity, and maintain a positive attitude
  • Ability to manage multiple and simultaneous responsibilities and to prioritize scheduling of work
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all medical, financial, and legal information
  • Ability to complete work assignments accurately and in a timely manner
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with excellent verbal and written communication skills


Non-Essential Functions


  • Perform other duties as assigned or requested.



Professional Requirements


  • Adhere to dress code, appearance is neat and clean.
  • Complete annual education requirements.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality at all times.
  • Report to work on time and as scheduled.
  • Wear identification while on duty.
  • Maintain regulatory requirements, including all state, federal and local regulations.
  • Represent the organization in a positive and professional manner at all times.
  • Comply with all organizational policies and standards regarding ethical business practices.
  • Participate in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement activities.
  • Attend regular staff meetings and in-services as needed.



Physical Requirements and Environmental Conditions


  • May need to stand for up to 6-8 hours at a time
  • Physically demanding, high-stress environment

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