Working in Assisted Living

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Hi there and welcome to our career training series. I’m Karla and I’m one of the recruiters here at myCNAjobs.

Today’s training session is to help those CNAs and caregivers who are looking to learn more about the duties and roles that take place while working in an Assisted Living setting. Assisted Living jobs are available for CNAs across the nation. Essentially, an assisted living community is a housing option for elderly or disabled people that provides nursing care, housekeeping, and prepared meals as needed in the comfort of one community. Jobs in assisted living are booming with hundreds of communities opening each year across the country. Many of the newer assisted living communities offer an amazing work environment, cool areas for caregivers to gather, and a beautiful setting to both work and care for your patients.

So, let’s dive in.  Today we’re going answer a few questions about what it’s like to work within assisted living for a CNA.

#1 - What are the residents like?
Residents living within a community generally can perform a few ADLs (fancy way of saying activities of daily living) on their own. Residents generally need some care, and also are there for socialization and to be around great caregivers like yourself and to engage with other residents. If a senior gets ill or can no longer perform ADLs on their own, generally they move to a more skilled building like a nursing home.

#2 Who do you work for in an assisted living community?
Most of the time you’ll work directly for the D-O-N - or director of nursing. The director of nursing will outline your specific duties, care plans for the residents, and manage the day to duties of a certified nursing assistant. This is someone you can learn from! Be a sponge! Learn as much as you can from your D-O-N. A good D-O-N will help you build your skills and strengthen your career as a CNA.

#3 - What’s a day in the life of a CNA in an assisted living community?

Depending on the size and type of community you work, your job as a CNA can vary. However, here are a few core job duties to expect.

  1. Assisting residents with the daily living activities they may struggle with like ensuring they get to the cafeteria safely, eat a safe meal, have a good shower, and take their medication.  Consider yourself their right hand person.
  2. Help residents keep a tidy room by cleaning linens, changing beds, and picking-up
  3. Documenting the care you provide as well as any change in health that you may see during your shift
  4. And the best part, you’ll share a laugh with residents, assist the activities director with fun activities, and help your patients enjoy their day. Hands down, one of the most rewarding parts of a CNA assisted living job!

#4 - How much can you expect to make working in assisted living?
Pay for CNA jobs in assisted living will vary based on where you live and your experience. We’ve seen pay range from $9 to $17 per hour.  Many communities also offer health benefits for full-time workers and we’ve seen many communities start to offer things like free meals onsite, paid time off, and perks such as 401k programs. If you want to see how much employers are paying in your area, visit and type in your zip code. You’ll be able to assess the going rate.

Well, that’s it folks. If you’re looking for a job to work as a certified nursing assistant in assisted living, we wish you the best. Feel free to check out the jobs and career fairs available in your area at -- we work with a lot of assisted living facilities across the country and we’re happy to connect you to different jobs based on what you’re looking for.  Or if you prefer, just give us a call at 312-275-3959 to talk directly with a recruiter.

Have you ever considered a career working as a Caregiver or CNA in assisted living, or wondered what it’s like to work in an assisted living facility? This video is designed to help you learn more about the duties and roles that take place when working in an assisted living setting. We’ll go over what an assisted living facility is, the benefits of working in assisted living, what the residents are like, who you work for when employed in assisted living, the day-to-day life of a Caregiver or CNA in assisted living, and how much you can expect to make working in assisted living.