Specialty Occupational Therapist

Role and Facility Information

Full-time contract opportunity.

Park Place Seniors Living

Department: Rehabilitation Therapy

Location: Sunridge Place, Oyster Harbour, Cerwydden

Position: Registered Occupational Therapist - Contract

Hours: 37.5 hours.

Start Date: October 2019

REPORTS TO: Site Leader


Reporting to the Site Leader, the Occupational Therapist is responsible for implementing individual resident goal-based programs to assist residents to regain and/or maintain an optimal level of independence, prevent deformity and/or decrease pain within the limits of the resident’s mental and/or physical ability. Will assist residents in accessing mobility and/or health-related equipment to reduce pain and maintain and/or increase mobility. Works collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team to support the PPSL Fine Homes Care Model and residents’ choice while following PPSL policies and procedures and relevant provincial standards of practice. The Occupational Therapist will ensure a commitment to resident safety and to our “culture of safety” as per PPSL Strategic Directions.


Completes and documents initial occupational therapy assessments (including Falls Assessment and transfer assessments) on all residents admitted to a PPSL Home as soon as possible and routinely, including development and implementation of resident treatment care plans based on assessment findings and resident need.
Develops, coordinates and implements individual care plans including recommending, constructing and/or providing adaptive equipment, splints, aides and/or restorative programs.
Ongoing evaluation of treatment programs and progress of residents, revising care plans when necessary.
Collaborates with the physiotherapist in the development and coordination of programs, where appropriate.
Attends resident interdisciplinary care conferences and leadership meetings as applicable.
Establishes and maintains therapeutic relationships with residents and families, staff, volunteers and others through effective interpersonal and interviewing techniques.
Maintains equipment and ensures safety of the working environment for staff and residents.
Ensures all documentation of assessments, records of observation, care provision and resident responses are according to professional standards and PPSL policies and procedures.
Focuses on safety through exhibited:
a) Accident prevention and reporting unsafe work conditions,
b) Knowledge of emergency procedures and regulations,
c) Using skills, supplies and equipment safely and appropriately,
d) Utilizing infection control procedures,
e) Committing to resident safety and to our “culture of safety” as per the PPSL Strategic Directions and Home goals

Presents in-services (eg. Mobility) and/or attends in-service and other educational programs as required to maintain current clinical competence and knowledge.
Performs other related duties as assigned.


Responsible to read, understand and comply with PPSL's and provincially-mandated Occupational Health and Safety policies and safe work practices.
Involved in all aspects of the Health and Safety Program including:
Uses safe work procedures,
Promotes health and safety policy and awareness,
Makes safety suggestions.
Reads OHS minutes posted.
Responsible to take every reasonable precaution to protect the safety of residents, self, other workers and the general public.
Reports any near miss, injury and accident or equipment damage to supervisor immediately and completes required reports.
Corrects and/or reports unsafe conditions.
Sets a good example.


Graduate of an approved school of occupational therapy. Two (2) years recent related experience, preferably as an occupational therapist working with the elderly.
Current practicing registration with College of Occupational Therapists of BC.


Communicates fluently in English both verbally and in writing.
Teamwork and Collaboration: Demonstrates ability to work together with others toward shared goals and desired outcomes.
Professionalism: Demonstrates ability to effectively establish professional working relationships with residents and their families as well as members of the care team aiming for excellence in residents’ care.
Communication: Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively with residents, families, the public, medical staff and other members of the interdisciplinary team. Ability to intervene effectively to resolve conflict and manage stress and work pressure.
Equipment: Demonstrates applicable computer skills and knowledge of nursing-related care equipment utilization and management.



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