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Health Care Aide, Career Opportunity in Vernon, British Columbia

Job description

The Health Care Aide is responsible for assisting residents with the activities of daily living in a safe and caring manner. As a member of the nursing team, they support and encourage the residents to build self-esteem, promote independence and protect their rights to autonomy and dignity.

The responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Assists in providing adequate nutrition, providing meals and nourishment and feeding to those residents as needed;
  • Assists with personal hygiene, bathing and dressing;
  • Assists with bowel and bladder care, ensuring the privacy and dignity of the resident, are protected at all times;
  • Assists residents to maintain mobility and to transfer safely;
  • Assists residents to participate in the social and recreational activities of their choice;
  • Assists with transportation as required;
  • Assists residents to meet requirements for sleep and rest by providing the optimum environments for rest periods and undisturbed sleep;
  • Encourages residents’ to participate in care decisions and choices;
  • Assists residents to meet basic needs in a gentle, courteous and respectful manner;
  • During the process of dying and death, works with the Registered Nurse / Licensed Practical Nurse to ensure that comfort and dignity are maintained;
  • Assists with care of the body;
  • Observes and reports changes in a residents’ functional and cognitive behavior;
  • May provide enemas and catheter care; apply simple dressings and topical medication including ointments and lotions; take urine samples; take and record vital signs and obtain routine laboratory specimens;
  • Assist with the admissions, discharges and transfer or residents;
  • Reports unsafe or faulty equipment to the Registered Nurse / Clinical Coordinator / Director of Care;
  • Performs and records specific nursing procedures, as directed by the Registered Nurse / Licensed Practical Nurse;

The ideal candidates will possess:

  • Successful completion of a Resident Care Attendant Program;
  • Experience supporting seniors with the ADL;
  • Must be able to read, write, and verbally communicate effectively in English;
  • Customer service oriented;
  • Ability to maintain effective interpersonal and team relationships;
  • Conflict resolution skills;
  • Demonstrate empathy and understanding of the needs of seniors;
  • Knowledge of continuous quality improvement/risk management issues;
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate the delivery of care services;
  • Ability to multi-task.

Candidates must be available to work evenings.

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