Careers in senior care

Join our team of caregivers as a resident assistant (RA) or certified nurses assistant (CNA) and discover the rewards of a healthcare career in senior care with the reward of knowing you're helping others each day.  In addition to caregiving, we have opportunities in other areas that can make great use of your talents and abilities including dietary, housekeeping, maintenance and activities.

Our facility and Wisconsin Illinois Senior Housing Inc. offer career advancement from within.

CNAs and RAs - What's the difference?

Certified Nursing Assistant

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) take a short course, often given by the American Red Cross or a community college. The course might last one to two months. After passing the course, students take a certification exam to earn the title of Certified Nursing Assistant, or CNA, designation after her name. Certified nursing assistants work primarily in hospitals, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities and home health doing private duty in clients' homes. Learn more about becoming a CNA in Wisconsin.

 

Resident Assistant

Resident assistants (RAs) in assisted living facilities generally don't have any extra educational requirements and don't require a state certification, although some facilities may require a high school diploma. Most also require that attendants speak, read and understand English well enough to communicate with residents, families, visitors and staff. On-the-job training takes the place of formal classes or certifications. To learn more about becoming an RA, contact us.

 

Tasks

Both CNAs and RAs play an important role because they are typically the first line of defense in protecting patients' health, and identifying and reacting to their needs. Tasks include aiding residents with activities of daily life which sometimes includes help with eating, bathing, toileting, hygiene, transport to other areas of the building, answering call lights, bringing clients things they need, help them turn in bed, helping with social activities, and more. Both can also take vital signs such as temperature, pulse, and respirations; results are reported to the nursing staff. Both types of assistants might also do light cleaning at the facility.

 

Differences

There are a few differences between a CNA and an RA. A big difference is that some certified nursing assistants can help clients take medication under the supervision of the nursing staff. Some states require that CNAs who pass medications take a separate course for certification as a medication aide or med technician. For more information, contact us.

 

FREE CNA classes

Becoming a CNA is a great way to start a successful and rewarding healthcare career. Our organization offers FREE CNA classes to help you earn your Wisconsin state nurses assistant certification at no cost to you. Call us today to find out more! 

 

Free CNA classes require an employment obligation with our facility.