Health Care Assistant

Health Care Assistant

Position: Health Care Assistant

Reports to: Health Director

Overall Purpose:

Shuswap Indian Band is looking to fill the role of Health Care Assistant for a temporary (full-time) contract covering 6-8 weeks of sick leave.

The Health Care Assistant is responsible for providing personal care, home care and management, and respite assistance to clients, in accordance with assessed needs and personal care plans.

Responsibilities Include:

• Performs all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Shuswap Indian Band policies, standards and procedures, and as directed by the Health Director
• Maintains confidentiality on all matters relating to the affairs of the Shuswap Indian Band
• Greets clients, family members and caregivers in a positive and friendly manner;
• Answers inquires from clients, family embers and caregiver, using discretion in providing requested information
• Advocates for the health and safety of clients
• Provides personal care in accordance with the approved care plan, to include:
• Bathing and grooming
• Assistance with eating
• Simple bedside care
• Routine foot and nail care
• Getting ready for bed
• Maintain medical regimes
• Toileting
• Dressing
• Transferring
• Activation
• Skin care
• Promoting self-reliance
• Food preparation and cooking for those with chronic health condition that require dietary intervention
• Provides transportation to medical appointments and participate in discussions and planning relating to the client’s health
• Refers clients to and supports their involvement in community services, groups and activities
• Provides approved respite care to clients as required
• Assists the family in providing care for the dying in home
• Provides assistance with meal planning and preparation, demonstrating knowledge of the client’s special dietary and cultural needs, while adhering to the Canada’s food guide, or preparation of traditional foods
• Promotes independence by teaching the client and / or family, in the area of selfcare
• Maintains accurate records of care given and health status changes observed in the clients
• Observed and reports client and / or family changes, accidents, or incidents to supervisor
• Monitors and maintains personal care supplies stored in the client’s home
• Assists clients access medical equipment and supplies through NIHB
• Maintains skills and knowledge through attendance at training programs and workshops
• Performs duties as transferred from the Health Director through the delegation of function process
• Performs routine housekeeping for clients as assigned, including removal of garbage, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping, general cleaning of rooms, to include bathrooms, changing and laundering of bedding and other linens, cleaning of major appliances
• Assists clients to access medical transportation records
• Works closely with other social development and community health staff in providing the needed level and quality of services to Shuswap Indian Band members
• Performs other duties and responsibilities as necessary in performance of the position and as assigned by the Health Director


• Minimum Grade 10
• Recognized Health Care Assistant diploma / certificate or an equivalent combination of education and training and experience
• Experience as a home care assistant would be an asset
• Current Occupational First Aid Level 1 and Food Safe Level 1
• Possess a valid British Columbia driver’s license, able to submit current drivers abstract and have reliable transportation
• Complete and clear the Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening

Skills & Abilities:

• Ability to establish and maintain good interpersonal relationships by displaying tact, courtesy and patience with clients, family members and others involved in the client’s care
• Ability to deal with clients to help maintain / restore physical, social and emotional health of individuals and families and to improve the quality of life in the home
• Ability to deal with others effectively
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to operate related equipment
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the job
• Good organizational skills
• Knowledge of Secwepemc culture is an asset, acknowledges cultural difference and supports diversity

Terms & Conditions:

• Temporary full-time position covering a 6-8 week sick leave with the possibility of an extension start date Feb 1, 2021.
• Hours of work 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday (half-hour unpaid lunch)
• Must adhere to the Shuswap Indian Band Human Resources Policy and Procedure Manual (Approved April 4, 2018).

Submit a resume and cover letter to:
Angela Sarsons, Director of Operations, E-mail:
Shuswap Indian Band, RR#2, 3A – 492 Arrow Road, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K2 Or Fax: 250.341.3683