Job Posting 90751

Health Care Aide
Pilgrim's Hospice Society
Edmonton area
9808 148 Street NW
closes in 27 days (Tue, 28 Feb)
on-call / relief / casual

HEALTH CARE AIDE (HCA) – Residential - CASUAL

We are seeking exceptional HCAs to be a part of the care team for Edmonton’s first free-standing residential community hospice centre – the Roozen Family Hospice Centre. This exciting career opportunity will be integral to the care delivery and support provided to those facing end-of-life, and their loved ones.

Pilgrims Hospice Society (PHS) is a registered charity that provides supportive and compassionate family-centered care to enhance the quality and dignity of life for those diagnosed with a progressive, life-limiting illness as well as support to those who are grieving the death of a loved one, from any cause.

The HCA is an unregulated member of the health care team, supporting the overall provision of the care of residents.  The HCA is responsible for providing direct care to assist the residents with their activities of daily living, the comfort and safety of residents, as well as indirect services to support the overall care philosophy of PHS.  These services are provided under the supervision of the RN or LPN.  The type of supervision (direct or indirect) will depend on the complexity of the task or procedure being assigned, the stability of the resident and the skill of the HCA.

The HCA performs all duties in a safe and healthy manner, in accordance with Pilgrims Hospice Society’s policies and procedures, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation.  The sensitive nature of the work requires the HCA to work in an environment that involves chronic death, dying, grief and loss.  This regularly includes providing comfort and support to residents and their family / loved ones, as well as to their colleagues.  All Staff are encouraged to proactively identify and practice their best methods of ensuring self-care to ensure they are equipped to manage through difficult times.

Reporting to the Clinical Nurse Manager, the HCA works as a productive, contributing member of the inter-disciplinary team by providing holistic palliative end-of-life care.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING

  • Bathing (there are no restrictions for showers or tub baths as long as they can be performed safely)
  • Oral hygiene, dressing peri-care, catheter care, toileting / continence, and nail care
  • Application and removal of protective dressings, topical creams and ointments. Application of therapeutic aids (e.g. support stockings, etc.)
  • Storage of clothing and personal belongings 

HOUSEKEEPING & SAFETY

  • General housekeeping, tidying and re-stocking of resident rooms, family room, chef’s kitchen, and common areas
  • Daily maintenance of a safe workplace; notifying the supervisor of any unsafe areas or equipment
  • Launder resident’s personal clothing and linens
  • Collect and dispose of residence garbage

MEAL PREPARATION, DELIVERY & FEEDING

  • Deliver meals, and provide meal assistance, when required
  • Oversee volunteers working in the residence
  • Monitor and report any difficulties in chewing and swallowing to the RN/LPN and follow all instructions as per the care plan
  • Provide nutritional supplements, as needed
  • Encourage and assist residents in their eating and respond to any food or drink preferences, likes and dislikes
  • Provide oral and denture care after eating and as required

TRANSFERS & LIFTS 

  • Assist residents requiring help to move from one area to another, according to the determined safe method per their care plan, including the use of mechanical lifts
  • Assist with ambulation, range of motion and other exercises

POST-MORTEM CARE 

  • Provide care of the body after death
  • Gather personal belongings and provide them to family / loved ones, when required

THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIPS 

  • Establish a rapport and foster open communication, positive relationships and emotional support with residents and their loved ones
  • Identify when additional support is required and collaborate with inter-disciplinary team members to ensure these needs are met

COMMUNICATIONS & LEADERSHIP

  • Serve as a positive role model to other staff and volunteers; provide guidance, mentoring and knowledge sharing using a team-oriented approach
  • Provide ongoing input and feedback during team reports / meetings and effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations
  • Effectively complete documentation and reporting
  • Identify, provide input and actively participate in process improvement opportunities
  • Assist with the admission process
  • Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning; participates in educational and development opportunities as determined by the individual development plan. Raise positive community awareness of hospice palliative care and of the programs and services provided by Pilgrims Hospice Society
  • Demonstrate personal initiative and participation in other aspects of working for a non-profit organization, including participating in organizational events and fundraising activities
  • Participate on at least one internal committee or project (e.g. Wellness, Health and Safety, etc.)
  • Report any contravention of health and safety policies or regulations
  • Other duties, as assigned

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

CONTINUOUS / FREQUENT: Talking | Listening | Standing | Walking | Bending | Kneeling | Grasping | Crouching | Reaching

REPETITIVE ACTIONS: Hand / eye coordination | Pushing (up to 300 lbs) | Lifting (up to 30 lbs) | Carrying (up to 30 lbs) | Pulling (up to 300 lbs)

REQUIREMENTS 

  • Health Care Aid certificate
  • Palliative care work experience, or an intrinsic motivation to work in a palliative care setting
  • Vulnerable Sector Police Check (favorable, within past 30 days)
  • Mask Fit (preferred, within past two years) 

SKILLS AND ABILITIES 

  • Strong dedication to the vision, mission, and values of Pilgrims Hospice Society
  • Demonstrated focus on person-centered care
  • Clear understanding and commitment to ethics, as they relate to hospice palliative care
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English (proficiency in French and other languages considered an asset)
  • Demonstrated organizational, critical thinking and prioritization skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and take direction from those in a supervisory position
  • Proficiency in data entry and computer skills including Outlook, Microsoft Word and Internet
  • Flexibility to work varying shifts, including days, nights, evening, weekends, and holidays

Mandatory Employment Requirements: Successful candidates will be required to provide a current satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check prior to first day of employment.

Ongoing COVID-19 Considerations: Continuous Masking for All Staff & Volunteers, Daily Fit for Screening Questionnaire

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