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Overview of Legal Issues in Residential Care

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===Residential Care Aides (RCAs)===
Residential Care Aides provide basic resident care, offering residents assistance with the activities of daily living - such as bathing, dressing, grooming - and often serve meal trays and feed residents. They are also known as care attendants or care assistants. When directed by nursing staff (an LPN or RN), the care aides take basic measurements, such as the person’s' blood pressure, temperature and pulse. They are also the frontline workers who are called upon to collect urine, feces or sputum specimens. ([[Overview of Legal Issues in Residential Care{{PAGENAME}}#References|38]]) At present RCAs are not involved in the overall planning of care for residents, although there have been efforts to make this possible as they often have the most direct contact with the resident.([[{{PAGENAME}}#References|39]]) Depending on the facility, they may provide input for care conferences to review the resident’s care.
RCAs are unregulated health care providers. A broad range of private and public colleges or institutes offer “Resident Care Attendant” certificates. In 2008, the Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program Provincial Curriculum was established.([[{{PAGENAME}}#References|40]]) While it is not compulsory at present for the various teaching colleges to use it, there is a special program recognition process for those colleges that do.([[{{PAGENAME}}#References|41]]) After June 30, 2014, all students who have completed their program in British Columbia will be required to show that they have graduated from one of the recognized British Columbia Health Care assistant programs listed on the Registry website in order to become registered care assistants.([[{{PAGENAME}}#References|42]])