PURPOSE AND KEY FOCUS
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
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Competencies (KSAs & Desired Attributes)
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.
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.
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.
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