Occupational Therapist

Status: Open | Site: Kensington - Edmonton, AB | Department: Nursing | Closing Date: Mar 6, 2020

Do you love working with seniors?  Are you a health care professional looking for your next growth opportunity working for a leader in seniors’ care?  If you are, we would like to talk to you about our need for health care professionals to join our expanding operations.  At Shepherd’s Care Foundation (SCF) 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 each and every interaction.  Working for SCF requires the highest standards of personal behavior and ethics, and it is an on-going condition of employment that the Code of Conduct and Behaviour Standards are incorporated into every aspect of the work environment.


Permanent Part Time-Kensington Village Campus

Under the direction of the Program Manager-Rehab,  the Occupational Therapist is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, evaluating occupational therapy interventions for all  long-term care residents.

The current opening is at our Kensington Village Campus where the Occupational Therapist (OT)  functions within the Mission, Vision, Values and Behavior Standards of Shepherd’s Care Foundation and within the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT) standards of professional practice. Working alongside the Therapeutic Assistant and other   inter-disciplinary team members, the OT is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating occupational therapy interventions for all long term care residents. Additionally,  the OT ensures the care provided is compliant with continuing care health service standards, accommodation standards, employment and safety-related legislation and SCF policies. The OT acts as a resident advocate and provides support to residents and families in a manner that promotes wellness, independence and person-centered care. Committed to continuous quality improvement, the OT also works with the physiotherapists to ensure highest quality care standards for all residents. 


  • Assesses, plans, develops, implements, evaluates, communicates  and documents all occupational therapy interventions in accordance with the Resident’s plan of care to achieve  quality resident care;
  • Participates in the development of plans, objectives and strategies for care services which are aligned with overall organizational strategic directions. 
  • Participates in the development of care services and operational policies, procedures and programs in collaboration with appropriate team members, physicians, interdisciplinary team and other stakeholders;
  • Plans, develops, implements, and evaluates occupational therapy services  in accordance with evidence-based practices;
  • Ensures occupational therapy practice complies with the organizational policies and procedures, continuing care health service standards, accommodation standards, relevant legislation and regulations, accreditation standards and regional health authority requirements;
  • Coordinates and monitors the work activities and resources of assigned therapy assistants;
  • Responsible for the human resource functions of recruitment, transfer, performance management, discipline and termination in consultation with the Director of Care/Administrator and Human Resources;
  • Promotes a “Just Culture” environment by utilizing remedial strategies to deal with employees’ performance and disciplinary problems or other human resource issues
  • Responds, investigates and reviews concerns and complaints from residents, families and staff in accordance with the concern resolution process;
  • 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 notifies the Manager/DOC of the concern;
  • Ensures investigation and follow up in respect to any unusual incidents, near misses, complaints or reports of safety concerns;
  • Represents and participates in corporate, site and external committees and professional committees as appropriate;
  • Participates in performance measurement to achieve continuous quality improvement.  Analyzes available data for  planning/monitoring purposes;
  • Maintains an ongoing program of personal learning 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 staff;   
  • Actively supports, promotes and implements the mission, vision, values and strategic directions of the Foundation.


  • B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy or MScOT;
  • Current registration with Alberta College of Registered Occupational Therapists (ACOT);
  • Minimum of  one (1)  year experience in geriatrics and continuing care preferred;
  • Demonstrated skills in leadership, communication, teamwork, concern resolution process and customer service
  • Strong organizational and computer skills are required in this position.
  • Awareness of accident and injury prevention, hazard identification and control; adherence to safe work practices and procedures is essential in this position.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to person-centered care.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission, vision and values of the Shepherd’s Care Foundation is essential in this position.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector check with the City of Edmonton Police detachment and provide proof of license.

 Submit resume online via this posting.  Apply by completing application and uploading cover letter/resume.   Vulnerable Sector Check must be completed prior to start date.  We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. However, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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