Caregiver Job Description

Position:          Resident Care Assistant

Supervisor:      Health Services Director

Status:             Non-Exempt


Position Summary:

The Resident Care Assistant (RCA) implements care in a manner that maintains a nurturing environment and supports the health and independence of the residents. RCAs use primary care assignments to provide resident-centered care to support each resident’s activities of daily living. RCAs use their care-giving skills to ensure the physical and cognitive wellbeing of residents, as well as their emotional and social wellbeing.



  • Administer bedside or personal care, such as ambulation, personal hygiene assistance, and meal time assistance. Assist individuals with special needs. Answer resident call signals to determine resident’s needs.
  • Perform healthcare-related tasks, such as monitoring vital signs and medication administration and documentation (as appropriate), under the direction of registered nurses.
  • Entertain, converse with, or engage in other activities with residents to keep them both physically and mentally healthy and alert.
  • Prepare and maintain records of resident progress and services performed, reporting problems and changes in resident condition to manager or supervisor.
  • Perform housekeeping duties, such as changing resident linens, washing clothes or dishes, and cleaning.
  • Accompany residents on outings to provide assistance, as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.Skills:


  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Able to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to assess the needs of others and actively look for ways to help.
  • Able to use medical equipment, adaptive equipment, and all tools associated with clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate safe practices by utilizing tools and equipment according to instruction and applying proper body mechanics while engaging in physical activity, with a focus on proper lifting, transferring, repositioning of residents.



  • High school diploma or equivalent plus a minimum of one year’s experience with hands-on direct care required. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Physical Requirements:

  • Work is performed in standard office and home settings.
  • Perform physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as lifting, balancing, walking, standing, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Must be able to lift, carry, push and pull up to 50 lbs.
  • Occasional overtime may be required.