Direct Care Aide (DCA)

Job Locations US-VA-Staunton
The Legacy at North Augusta




Have you always wanted to work in health care but didn't know where to start? Join our Direct Care Aide training program! We are recruiting for individuals interested in a health care career who also have a heart to serve. We'll train and pay for your Direct Care Aide certification and then have a position for you in either our Assisted Living community or our NEW Memory Care unit!


The Legacy at North Augusta is doing something fantastic! We have created an amazing, genuine, and caring culture. Would you like to be a part of our We CARE team? We value our team members and strive to ensure they experience the same genuine CARE that we provide to our customers. Our team members embody the word CARE in every way—from serving seniors and families to interactions with one another. 


What’s in it for you:

  • A We CARE culture of creating smiles, attending to details, respecting everyone, and embodying excellence 
  • Frequent conversations with your coach/manager
  • Competitive compensation
  • Tuition Reimbursement (up to $4,000 a year)

Our full time team members enjoy:

  • Generous PTO plan
  • Medical, dental, vision insurance
  • 403(b) with discretionary employer match 
  • Free use of fitness center

If you are looking for a rewarding career in more ways than one, join us in setting the new standard for service with We CARE!


The Direct Care Aide is responsible for providing direct, hands-on care to residents to ensure residents attain or maintain the highest possible physical, mental and emotional well-being. Some responsibilities include:

  • Encourages resident’s highest level of functioning, allowing and encouraging residents to participate in self-care and providing cues and assistance as needed.  Gives general care to residents to include:
    • Bathes residents; gives showers, whirlpool baths and bed baths
    • Provides mouth care, brushing teeth or applying dentures
    • Assists with dressing residents; assures residents are appropriately and comfortably clothed
    • Gives personal care to include hair care, beauty care, shaves male residents, cleans and trims nails
    • Makes beds, sets rooms in order, waters flowers, and fills water pitchers
    • Cares for glasses, dentures, beds and other equipment used in the care of residents
  • Under direction, assists with and/or performs procedures that have been assigned and with supervision to include:
    • Admitting, transferring, discharging residents;
    • Taking and recording vital signs, measuring and recording intake and output;
    • Collecting specimens;
    • Giving care to residents in casts or traction;
    • Giving enemas,
    • Orients new residents to environment, room, roommate, staff and routine;
    • Weighing and measuring residents and recording results;
    • Documenting on voiding diary BM’s and food
  • Assists patients to and from the bathroom, offers bedpans and participates in keeping incontinent patients clean at all times. Changes linens as often as necessary. Assists in bowel and bladder training program
  • Participates in transferring residents from bed/chair using good body mechanics. Obtains assistance for all total lift transfers
  • Participates in resident meals, providing assistance and care throughout the meal as needed including; assisting with menu selection, providing nourishment and fresh water, supervising and assisting during dining, assisting in personal care after meals
  • Assists residents for naps and bedtime.  Turns and positions residents as needed
  • Performs personal services for residents to promote comfort, security and rehabilitation
  • Responds promptly to call lights for residents
  • Observes residents refusal of care, mood, reaction, appetite, etc., and reports findings to supervisor immediately. Reports any injuries to residents immediately
  • Applies standard precautions in all resident care. Follows isolation procedures when indicated
  • Participates in the orientation of new or temporary staff to the unit to assure continuity in the delivery of resident care
  • Supports, maintains and assists with projects related to the Activity Programs of the facility.
  • Promotes and encourages social interactions from residents during meals, during direct care and at other times as appropriate
  • Assists with restorative and rehabilitative care of residents    Participates in unit cleaning duties, as directed


  • High School diploma or equivalent preferred
  • Successful completion of a Personal Care Aide (PCA) training program approved by the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services OR of a Direct Care Aide (DCA) training program approved by the Virginia Department of Social Service
  • Must complete NLCS’ Direct Care Aide (DCA) Program within two (2) months of employment
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing as applicable to their job responsibilities
  • Ability to communicate and work with persons of varying educational and cultural backgrounds


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