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Personal Support Worker - Scarborough Palliative

VHA HOME HEALTHCARE.

Scarborough, ON, CANADA

Healthcare Services and Wellness

For more than 90 years, VHA Home HealthCare has lent a helping hand to people in the community including: seniors, families, new parents, newborn babies, people with physical and mental disabilities, and the terminally ill. We have more than 2,700 professionals—nurses, personal support workers, home support workers, home service providers, extreme cleaners and office support staff—providing services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to clients in their homes and in long-term care facilities

At VHA we love our work. As a team member you’ll do more than provide services to clients; you’ll build strong, long-lasting relationships. We offer high-quality, multilingual services that are growing across Ontario, and our work environment focuses on supporting clients and staff through client and family centred  care, well-connected healthcare teams, and continual improvement.

At VHA Home HealthCare, more is not just our commitment to clients, but to our incredible team of Personal Support Workers. Our caring, professional team offers spectacular care to Ontario seniors, families, adults and children living with disabilities or suffering from a chronic or terminal illness, helping them live life more independently, in comfort and with dignity.

Join one of our newly Integrated Palliative Care Teams – one supporting clients and families in Scarborough. By providing seamless care focusing on what matters most to our clients and their families, the interdisciplinary teams will enhance the quality of care of palliative clients with an emphasis on effective symptom and pain management to improve overall quality of life.

We are currently hiring Personal Support Workers (PSWs) in the Scarborough region who have a desire to work with palliative care clients and their families.

Responsibilities: VHA's Personal Support Workers (PSWs) help clients live more comfortably, safely and as independently as possible. Their skilled, compassionate support can also be a great assistance to family caregivers looking for a much-needed break. Personal support workers will primarily support our palliative clients and their families assist our clients with:

  • Personal care
  • Activities of daily living such as grooming, dressing and bathing
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Mobility and transfers
  • Converse with clients/families with empathy and good listening skills
  • Light household duties such as cleaning, laundry and washing dishes
  • Provision of special functions that have been taught, with respect to the client by a regulated health professional
  • Reporting changes in client behaviour and  conditions
  • Documenting care and client/family preferences
  • Utilize the standards of hospice palliative care
  • Participate in case conferences, as required

 Ideal Attributes:

  • Desire to work with palliative clients and their families through an interdisciplinary approach
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize safety issues and follow safe work practices
  • Demonstrated compassionate and flexible nature, and a client/family-centred approach to caregiving
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including listening skills and empathy
  • Ability to document care and client needs/preferences
  • Requires good judgement, problem-solving and assessment abilities
  • A keen desire to learn
  • Ability to work collaboratively with care team

 Ideal Qualifications:

  • PSW certification from an approved and recognized educational institution or RN/RPN/DSW/HCA/Personal Attendant certification
  • RN or RPN students with a minimum successful completion of 1 year  
  • 3 years’ experience in providing homemaking and/or personal support services, including care of seniors, and children
  • Certificate in Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care (MoH)
  • Previous working experience providing care to palliative clients and their families
  • Experience working in the community and/or hospice/palliative as a PSW is an asset
  • Ability to read, write and speak English (equivalent to grade 10 level), and ability to communicate effectively using a computer and/or mobile device.
  • Demonstrated commitment to client and family centred care
  • Use of proper body mechanics and successful completion of physical readiness test to ensure safe work practices are followed including mobility, transfers, bending, lifting, push and pulling
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize safety concerns
  • Requires good judgement, the ability to work independently and work cooperatively with the caregiving team
  • Effective problem solving and decision-making skills to safely service clients
  • Immunization for measles, rubella and varicella, and prophylaxic immunization of Hepatitis B is strongly urged.  Must be screened for tuberculosis where required (i.e. long-term care facility)
  • Ability to travel between assignment either by public transit or car
  • Flexible to work weekends and evenings
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification is a definite asset
  • Ability to speak a second language is a definite asset

How to Apply

Our online application will allow you to apply to this role as a complete person – not just a resume. The application will assess your qualifications, personality traits and working environment fit, and should take about 10–15 minutes to complete. You can also get a copy of your personality assessment when you’re done by logging back into the tool after you complete your application.

VHA Home HealthCare is accredited with Exemplary Status by Accreditation Canada, an RNAO Best Practice Spotlight Organization designate and; A founding member agency of United Way Toronto.

VHA Home HealthCare is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment. If you require any accommodation in the application process, please contact us with the “Need Help” button in the application or contact us over the phone in advance.

Thank you to everyone who applies. We will review applications as they are received. We’ll only be contacting those selected for further discussion.

 

 

 

 

About VHA Home HealthCare

With the help of 2,000 health care professionals, VHA Home HealthCare has been creating opportunities for more independence for 90 years. Serving clients in eight Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), our client and family centered, community-based approach provides nursing, rehabilitation, personal support and home support services. Offering competitive pay, benefits, flexibility and career support, we're looking for compassionate health care professionals to join our team. Let's continue to provide spectacular care to Ontarians living with disabilities or suffering from a chronic or terminal illness, helping them live life more independently, in comfort and with dignity.

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What it's like to work at VHA Home HealthCare

Supporting health care in Ontario

We are a not-for-profit organization providing 24/7, multi-lingual health care and support services to Ontarians of all ages and levels of need. At VHA, our culture is centered around our clients. We’re a community-oriented, compassionate team who believes in providing the best quality care.

Supporting independence

Our vision is that everyone receives community support and home health care when, where and how they want it, and our mission is to create possibilities for more independence. Our core belief is that care must be client-driven, collaborative and committed.

Supporting an enriching experience

In-home personal support and health care provide a unique and rewarding experience that you won’t find in a hospital. It’s a different kind of care, one that offers clients the extra support and attention they need, and gives you the opportunity to get to know them on a personal level.

A look inside VHA Home HealthCare

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Benefits & Perks

Supporting your needs

At VHA you can also look forward to:

Flexible work schedules Continuous learning Comprehensive benefits package for eligible staff Pension Plan
Supportive team environment Professional development activities Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Supporting your career

You’ll have easy access to supervisors and other members of the team for support and guidance. We’ll also financially support your professional development and help you fit your courses into your schedule. Plus, you and your family can access free counselling and other programs through our EAP.

VHA Home HealthCare Testimonials

Prathipa Balendran
Over the past few months, I’ve learned the importance of having the knowledge, skills and judgement in providing competent and safe care to some of the most vulnerable clients–children. I definitely have to thank VHA for facilitating and supporting my growth as a paediatric nurse. I work with such a wonderful team!

Prathipa Balendran, Registered Nurse - VHA Home HealthCare

Emily Fern
Everyone has been very supportive of me as a new hire and it’s been great to have had so much help getting started. I’m really impressed with all the ongoing learning opportunities VHA provides.

Emily Fern, Occupational Therapist - VHA Home HealthCare

Hannah Mohan
I have really appreciated the support that VHA offers. As a new hire, they provided me with a mentor who has been incredibly helpful as I learn about working in this role.

Hannah Mohan, Occupational Therapist - VHA Home HealthCare

Tsimba (Tina) Vudisa
Every day when I go home I’m so happy because I know that I made the difference in people’s lives. When I’m working with them (clients), the way they’re happy, the way they thank me. I can say that I can make a smile in people’s lives. And each time I can see that, for me it’s so rewarding.

Tsimba (Tina) Vudisa, Personal Support Worker - VHA Home HealthCare

Personal Support Worker - Scarborough Palliative, VHA HOME HEALTHCARE., Scarborough, ON, CANADA