Occupational/Physiotherapy Assistant

Status: Open

Department: Care

Type: Casual

Work Site: Eden House, Shepherd’s Care Millwoods

Location: Edmonton, AB

At Shepherd’s Care Foundation (SCF), as a faith-based not-for-profit, person-centered care is the foundation for all we do in providing care and other human services. All persons are to be treated with dignity and respect in every interaction. Working for SCF requires the highest standards of personal behavior and ethics, and it is an on-going condition of employment that employees comply with the Behavior Standards.


Casual – Multiple Campuses

The Occupational/Physiotherapy Assistant reports to the Program Manager (Rehab). The Occupational/Physiotherapy Assistant provides Occupational or Physical Therapy services to assigned residents under the direction of the Program Manager (Rehab), Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist in accordance with the plan of care. Occupational/Physiotherapy Assistant provides support, advocacy, and choice to Residents and their families to ensure the highest quality of person centered care achievable within the Mission, Vision, Values and Behavior Standards of Shepherd’s Care Foundation. Demonstrates ongoing competence utilizing knowledge, skill, judgment and evidence based practice in caring for the older adult. Ensures compliance with continuing care health service standards, employment and safety-related statutes, legislation, codes and regulations and SCF policies.


  • Works under an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist to assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of rehabilitative programs/interventions;
  • Responsible to communicate and evaluate assigned residents to identify the changing rehabilitation needs to ensure ongoing quality care is provided;
  • Responsible to ensure all care and provision of rehabilitation programs are provided is in accordance with the resident’s plan of care, organizational policies and procedures, continuing care health service standards, accommodation standards, and relevant legislation and regulations;
  • Demonstrates knowledge in applying safe, competent, ethical, clinical evidence-based gerontology rehabilitative therapy practice, safe implementation of the activity or programs, and effective, timely documentation in accordance with organizational, legislative and legal requirements;
  • Participates in the development of plans, objectives and strategies for rehabilitation services, which are aligned with overall organizational strategic directions;
  • Participates in the development, revision and implementation of operational policies, procedures and programs in collaboration with interdisciplinary team and other stakeholders in accordance with evidence-based practices;
  • Responds and reports all concerns and complaints from residents, families and staff to the Program Manager (Rehab) in accordance with the concerns resolution process;
  • Responds and reports all unusual incidents and critical incidents on the assigned unit to the Program Manager (Rehab). Initiates appropriate corrective action to address the immediate concern;
  • Reports other staff performance issues to the Program Manager (Rehab) and promotes a “Just Culture” environment;
  • Ensures cost-effective use of resources on assigned unit;
  • Promotes a safe work environment for residents, family members, co-workers and self. Reports unsafe conditions within the living and working environment. Takes required action to decrease the risk of injury immediately and/or notify the Program Manager (Rehab). Participates in investigations and follow up in respect to any unusual incidents, near misses, complaints or reports of safety concerns;
  • Represents and participates in professional, corporate, site and external committees as appropriate;
  • Participates in performance measurement activities to achieve continuous quality improvement;
  • Maintains an ongoing program of personal learning and attends SCF mandatory education sessions in order to maintain own competence. Seeks to benefit from opportunities for professional development and continuing education;
  • Promotes educational opportunities, mentorship and leadership development for the staff;
  • Acts as a mentor and coach to other staff and volunteers; and
  • Actively supports, promotes and implements the mission, vision, values, SCF Behavior Standards and strategic directions of the Foundation.


  • Valid driver license for travelling between multiple campuses
  • Diploma in rehabilitation therapy or equivalent; and
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in gerontology and rehabilitation therapy, including Occupational and/or Physical Therapy.


  • Demonstrated skills in leadership, communication, teamwork, concern resolution process and customer service;
  • Strong organizational and some computer skills;
  • Awareness of accident and injury prevention, hazard identification and control; adherence to safe work practices and procedures;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to person-centered care; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission, vision and values of the Shepherd’s Care Foundation.

This description indicates representative responsibilities and specifications of the classification only and does not detail all responsibilities and specifications of the position. The incumbent may perform other duties as assigned, duties not specified in this document.

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