The term “assisted living staff” refers to a range of positions dedicated to providing everyday assistance to elderly, disabled or other special-needs clientele, both in facilities and private homes.
Responsibilities of assisted living staff vary based on the position, as well as the facility type and size. Nurses, therapists, orderlies and aides perform a wide range of health, housekeeping and homemaking services, and other workers provide administrative, custodial/maintenance and food service support.
Requirements for assisted living staff vary based on the facility and type of position. Nurses require formal education and certification, and therapists may require licensure, depending on the jurisdiction. Other positions may require background checks or minimum training.
In addition to the official requirements of the job, assisted living staff must also be able to deal with exposure to clients’ bodily fluids, illness and death. Because they are regularly in private residences, assisted living staff must also be able to maintain their clients’ privacy.
Due to a rise in numbers of elderly people, jobs related to assisted living are expected to grow. Personal and home care aides, for example, will see employment rise as much as 46 percent between 2008 and 2018.
Compensation for assisted living staff varies based on position type, experience, location, the employer. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average 2008 hourly wage for personal and home care aides was $9.22. For registered nurses, the average annual 2008 salary was $62,450.
2016 Salary Information for Home Health Aides
Home health aides earned a median annual salary of $22,600 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, home health aides earned a 25th percentile salary of $19,890, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $25,760, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 911,500 people were employed in the U.S. as home health aides.