Home Care Aide

Okanagan Indian Band - Vernon, BC (30+ days ago)

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We are looking to fill this important role within our Community Services Division. The Home Care Aide is part of a multi-disciplinary team delivering health care support to the OKIB community. If you enjoy working as part of a team and working with and caring for clients with an assessed medical need to remain safely in their own homes.

The OKIB offers a welcoming team environment and a rewarding job experience. You can expect a supportive work environment, a total compensation package which includes a competitive wage, extended health and dental benefits and pension plan.

The Home Care Aide is responsible for providing quality home care services to clients in their homes, advocate for clients who need supports in accessing additional community resources. We have 2 positions available.


The Home Care Aide provides individualized care and coordinates resources to clients who, persons with disabilities and others so that they may continue to live in their homes. Home care may include transportation, house cleaning, personal hygiene, providing meals, and other health and wellness related activities.

The Home Care Aide is also responsible for delivering the Home Care Program. The will maintain confidential client files and will prepare and present reports and information as required. The Home Care Aide will ensure that all home care is provided in a caring and respectful way in keeping with all relevant policies, procedures and OKIB home care standards.

The Home Care Aide will liaise with other community services and resources to ensure that additional resources are involved, if required. They will also provide information and education to individuals and groups in the community as required and requested.


Reports to the Home and Community Care Supervisor


  • Provides individual home care to elders, persons with disabilities and others in the community with identified needs
  • Provides home care including general housekeeping, personal hygiene and simple meals or snacks
  • Transports home care clients as coordinated by the HCC Supervisor when family is unavailable
  • Assists with exercises, physiotherapy and other medical tasks assigned by the Home Care Nurse or under the direction of medical service providers
  • Monitors blood pressure and other physical conditions as required under supervision
  • Follows medical instructions carefully and consistently
  • Organizes time and resources based on the individual needs of home care client
  • Manages any unanticipated events as directed by the supervisor and within scope of practice
  • Delivers the Home Care Program in an appropriate, caring and respectful manner
  • Identifies persons requiring home care and directs individuals and their families to appropriate programs
  • Coordinates appropriate care and equipment including other community resources as required
  • Consults with family members and other supports to ensure that care is on-going and that all client needs are identified and met
  • Assesses fall and frailty risk
  • Encourages clients and families to be involved in care and take responsibility for care
  • Liaises with all family, medical and other resources
  • Advocates on behalf of clients for additional services and resources
  • All persons employed by the Okanagan Indian Band may be required to assist the Band in providing emergency services. Duties assigned during an emergency may differ from regular duties
  • Participates in community events as requested


  • Provides information to other health care professionals, as required
  • Records home care services in confidential client file after each visit
  • Educates clients, families and support systems about the Home Care Program – what can be provided and when to access other resources
  • Reports any concerns to the supervisor
  • Monitors supplies and resources
  • Attends meetings
  • Ensures adherence to Home and Community Care Policy Manual, the Contribution Agreement from Health Canada, Indigenous Services Canada policies and procedures
  • Performs all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the OKIB policies and procedures
  • Performs other duties as required



  • Residential Care Aide Certificate and active registration with the BC Care Aide Registry
  • Current First Aid/CPR certificate with defibrillator or working toward completion
  • Palliative Care Certificate and/or Long-term Care Administrator Certificate is an asset
  • WHMIS and Foodsafe certificates or working toward completion
  • Valid BC Driver’s license, minimum Class 5 and reliable vehicle


  • Experience in a health related field
  • Experience in janitorial or cleaning is an asset
  • Experience working with First Nations communities

Competencies (KSAs & Desired Attributes)

  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Knowledge of client assessment
  • Appreciates others and values their diversity
  • Effectively organizes, plans and implements care
  • Effectively prioritizes care tasks and assigned duties
  • Ability to perform needs and risk assessments
  • Has an understanding of elder abuse and/or neglect and duty to report
  • Knowledge of the design and delivery of local, ONA, provincial and federal Home and Community Care programs and services
  • Experience and understanding of Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Desire to increase capacity through professional development
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of community services
  • Computer skills, Microsoft Word, Excel
  • Effective verbal and written communication
  • Ability to listen and demonstrate empathy
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ethical, honest and respectful
  • Is self-motivated and assumes the responsibilities of the job


Physical Demands

The Home Care Aide is required to safely lift and move clients, and may be required to bathe and /or clean clients. The Home Care Aide may be required to administer interventions and treatments that cause discomfort to the client or to themselves. He/she will often work in the client’s home and must practice clean, safe care to eliminate the possibility of infection or cross contamination between clients, family members and/or themselves. The Home Care Aide may be required with lift assist of clients for care plans and/or transport.

Environmental Conditions

The Home Care Aide spends most of their time in client homes. He/she may be dealing with patients with potentially infectious conditions. They must be extremely careful to ensure that all medications, treatments and activities are completed safely ensuring the safety of all clients, families, the community and themselves. The Home Care Aide may be required to drive in winter conditions and make visits during periods of cold temperatures. Client’s homes may include smokers, pets or other sources of allergens. There is a potential to encounter dogs during home visits.

Sensory Demands

The Home Care Aide will be exposed to sights and sounds associated with clients who are ill and injured. They may also find a variety of conditions and circumstances as they visit clients in their homes. He/she will be exposed to unpleasant odors in providing health care. He/she must make acute use of the senses in assessing health care needs such as hearing (listening for heart, lung and abdominal sounds), visual to look for symptoms of illness, touch in palpitation of clients and manual dexterity and smell to detect unusual odors from wounds and physical surroundings.

Mental Demands

The Home Care Aide faces stress from dealing with clients and family members who may be stressed and difficult to work with. A factor that can induce stress is the Home Care Aide must work independently in unfamiliar and uncontrolled situations. There is significant emotional stress in providing care for clients who are dying and providing support for their families.




Compensation commensurate to experience

Deadline for Applications: November 19, 2019

Preference may be given to those having knowledge of the Okanagan culture and traditions

Job Type: Full-time