Under the direction of the Program Manager the PSW provides assistance to clients receiving a variety of services including Access to Primary Care, Assisted Living for High Risk Seniors, In-Home Respite, Home At Last (HAL), Home First, and Supportive Housing. Tasks are defined by the specific service and may include:
• Accompanying clients to/from critical primary care appointments and providing appropriate supports and follow-up
• Personal Support Services including dressing, personal hygiene, assisting with mobility, assisting and monitoring medication use and other routine activities of daily living
• Homemaking services including shopping, housecleaning, and meal preparation
• Safety checks and/or reassurance services
• Transition assistance to clients, including transportation from hospital and settlement services at the home
• Completing necessary client/visit documentation and reports
The PSW provides care in the client’s home and community in accordance with CCD’s policies and procedures. Recognizing the role of the PSW is to provide safe and appropriate care to clients, all workplace health and safety practices must be followed, including the standard operating processes when working with infectious diseases, ambulating clients, driving clients, etc., and must be willing and able to perform CPR if safe for the employee to do so. The PSW communicates with the Manager and/or supervisor as directed. Work in a safe manner and promote the health and safety of all staff, volunteers, clients and the community as outlined within CCD policies.
• Graduate from a recognized Personal Support Worker program or acceptable equivalent (e.g., RPN, 2nd year nursing student) with experience providing care within the community setting
• Eligible and willing to register with the PSW Registry of Ontario
• Current Standard/Emergency First Aid with Level C CPR
• Satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Check
• Own cell phone and data plan to access SSP system (premium provided towards cost and use of data plan)
• Licensed vehicle and the ability and willingness to drive within Durham Region
• Maintenance of class G Ontario driving licence and clean Drivers Abstract with personal automobile insurance of at least $1,000,000 and appropriate business-use coverage as required by personal automobile insurance carrier (if required to drive clients - must have 3 years driving experience driving clients) or maintenance of class G2 Ontario driving licence and clean Drivers Abstract at a minimum
• Comfortable working alone in the community (supervisor or Service Coordinator on call)
• Experience supporting clients in the community
• Sensitivity to the needs of the frail elderly and persons with disabilities, including challenges in cognition
• Physical ability sufficient to perform client transfers and activities of daily living and able to lift approximately 50 lbs., bend, stretch, stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, reach, twist, sit, walk, and/or run
• Must be willing to work one weekend per month
• Must be willing and able to work throughout Durham Region in the various Respite services
• Must attend two out of four CCD in-service meetings offered per year
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