Resident Assistant


Provides residents with personal care and other assistance with activities of daily living as outlined by resident care plans, instructions from the Wellness Coordinator/ Medication Assistant. Works cooperatively with other team members to ensure excellent service is provided to elders and their families.


  • Provide residents with personal care and assistance with activities of daily living.  
  • Ensure proper documentation and record keeping is maintained.
  • Complete housekeeping, dietary and life enrichment tasks as needed to meet resident needs.
  • Interact professionally with other staff, visitors and family members.
  • Comply with company policies, standards and licensing rules.
  • Perform other tasks as requested by the supervisor.


  • Certified nursing assistant in State of Michigan or six months’ experience in providing personal care to the elderly preferred.
  • Possesses strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Dresses and behaves in a professional manner.
  • Able to work autonomously and as a team member.
  • At least 18 years of age.


  • Able to lift 75lbs either alone or as part of a two-person assist of a larger person, at times repetitively.
  • Have unlimited bending and stooping capacities including but not limited to:
  1. As part of a one or two person assist of a resident off the floor.
  2. Assisting a resident out of a couch or chair.
  • Able to pivot while bearing the weight of a resident.
  • Sighted so as to be able to read small print and handwriting.
  • Able to hear in order to communicate over the telephone and in person.
  • Able to speak in order to communicate over the telephone and in person
  • Cognitively able to reason and solve complex problems.
  • Possesses fine motor skills so as to be able to write reports, provide injections, etc.


  • Provide personal hygiene to residents including assistance with teeth brushing, peri care, showering and bathing, as well as other personal hygiene needs.
  • Provide assistance to residents with toileting and/or use of incontinency products.
  • Provide assistance to residents with getting dressed and/or undressed.
  • Provide assistance to residents with personal grooming tasks such as shaving, clipping finger nails and toe nails, manicures, brushing, combing and styling hair, application of makeup, and other grooming tasks requested by residents.
  • Assist residents with ambulation and transfers.
  • Complete housekeeping tasks including bed making, setting and clearing tables, cleaning dining room, laundry, vacuuming, trash collection and/or disposal, wheelchair, walker and other special equipment cleaning, and other housekeeping tasks as necessary or assigned.
  • Dining Services tasks including pouring liquids, passing snacks and special nourishments, dishing up and serving meals and other dietary tasks as necessary or assigned.
  • Life Enrichment tasks including encouragement of participation in activities, escorting/assisting residents to attend activities, distribution of mail and/or newspapers, reading mail to residents, and other Life Enrichment tasks as necessary or assigned.
  • Answer phone and transfer calls or take messages as appropriate.
  • Interact with residents, family and staff in courteous, professional and helpful manner.
  • Attend mandatory staff meetings and in-services.

Although every attempt has been made to make this job function list as complete as possible, there may be other tasks not described above which become necessary for the Resident Assistants to perform.

Job global location: 
Western Michigan