Under the general supervision of the RCFE Director and the Program Coordinator, the Resident Care Assistant (R.C.A.) job entails the ability to provide residents with comfort, safety, and personal care while meeting all life enrichment needs in an assisted living and memory care environment. The R.C.A. also provides assistance with all household responsibilities including activities, dining, light housekeeping, activities of daily living (ADL), and other duties as assigned. The R.C.A. is required to be knowledgeable in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and effectively communicate with residents living with the disease. Attendance at meetings and ongoing dementia training is required. The R.C.A. is responsible for managing resident medication and treatment according to physician’s orders. The R.C.A. must be able to be an effective part of household team, initiate tasks, and work independently if necessary.
- Assists residents with all ADL’s (eating, transfers, toileting, bed mobility, dressing, grooming, ambulating, etc.).
- Maintains a clean, safe, and sanitary environment for all residents while assisting residents with all household responsibilities.
- Provides assistance in all dietary functions and nutritional needs outlined by the RCFE guidelines.
- Leads and assists in daily recreational and social group or individual activities to enhance the quality of life for the residents.
- Understands and adheres to individualized resident care plan while monitoring residents for any change in condition. Reports any change in condition in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.
- Records personal care given and other required documentation on designated forms and/or EMR.
- Provides assistance to residents with medications as prescribed by healthcare providers. Documents medication administration as required in EMR and as needed on paper MR. Ensures proper handling and storage of all medications.
- Takes and records accurate resident vital signs.
- Assists with resident showers as needed ensuring the resident is comfortable and safe while maintaining their privacy and dignity.
- Demonstrates skill in proper use of body mechanics and transfer techniques.
- Communicates appropriately with physicians regarding resident conditions, makes medical appointments for residents, and orders medication refills in a timely manner.
- Responds to and manages emergency situations appropriately.
NON ESSENTIAL DUTIES
- Operates computer and programs including other business office machines.
- Maintains the highest level of confidentiality at all times.
- Maintains business/professional boundaries with all staff, management and outside vendors.
- Maintains compliance with company policy.
- Attends and participates in Department meetings and company mandatory in-services.
- Assists with special projects as needed.
- Complies with safety standards and ensures the safety, health and welfare of staff, residents, and guests at all times.
- Provides encouragement, guidance and resources to staff and residents when needed.
- Adheres to company and departmental policies and procedures.
- Performs related other duties as assigned.
- Must be 18 years of age or older.
- High school diploma or equivalent required.
- 1-2 years of experience working with the elderly, and/or experience working in a residential care facility for the elderly (RCFE) preferred.
- Must have a basic first aid and CPR card. Required to obtain within the first month of employment. Must maintain an active certification during employment.
- Medication Training Certificate is required and must be obtained within the first month of employment. Must demonstrate proper medication monitoring, and maintain an active certification during employment.
- Must successfully complete required dementia care training upon hire and annually thereafter.
- N.A. certification preferred.
- Point Click Care (PCC) and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) experience preferred.
- Must have self-motivation. Able to initiate tasks as instructed.
- Understand and demonstrate proper use of documentation.
- Understand proper hydration and nutrition and how it relates to the elderly and those living with memory impairment.
- Basic computer knowledge and experience preferred.
- Must be friendly, patient and compassionate when dealing with residents.
- Must be 18 years old or older.
- Ability to pass a criminal background clearance check, physical, and TB test.
- Must have valid CA Driver’s License and employment authorization document.
- Ability to read, write and communicate to residents, staff, families, vendors, and all business relationships in English language.
- Must be able to communicate with all levels of staff in an effective, neutral and professional manner.
- Ability to function as a member of the team in a multi-task environment.
- Must be flexible and able to handle multiple priorities, with the ability to adjust to high pressure and changing business conditions.