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
- 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
- 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.