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Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy Assistant

POSITION: Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy Assistant

STATUS: Contract -Full Time (Jan 2022 - Jan 2023, contingent on ongoing funding)

REPORTS TO: Occupational Therapist – Aging in Place Consultant

ENVIRONMENT: Hybrid

Dementia affects our memory, thinking, emotions and ability to perform everyday tasks. In Ottawa and Renfrew County, 24,000 people live with a diagnosis of dementia. In the next decade, the number of diagnosed cases is expected to double.

The work of the Dementia Society is incredibly rewarding and equally challenging. The people living with dementia, care partners and caregivers we support have amazing stories filled with highs and lows, frustrations, and triumphs. It is in these moments and many in-between that you would make an impact.

Do you want to be part of the launch of a leading practice program? Do you have the courage to help us really move the needle and make an impact in the area of ageing in place? As the occupational therapy/physiotherapy assistant to the Aging in Place Consultant program, you will be responsible for implementing the intervention plan identified by the Occupational Therapist. The intervention plan may include activities that are virtual and in-home to enable people living with dementia and their caregivers to age in place. You won’t always know the answers to the questions you’re being asked, so your ability to be resourceful is key! We believe in human-centred, high-quality experiences.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

We are living a hybrid work model to support our community. That means you will be working from home most of the time and meeting clients in the community as needed. Our support is available to the community Monday –Thursday afternoon/evening shift of 12:30-8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 8:30-4:00 pm. Travel may be required.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under direct instruction from the Occupational Therapist, the Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy Assistant may:

  • Assist in the implementation of the recommendations to support ageing in place such as ADL and iADL training, caregiver education and practical training, dementia inclusive home design, technology and wandering needs, etc.
  • Provides feedback to the Occupational Therapist – Aging in Place Consultant concerning the implementation of the treatment plan.
  • Maintains the equipment inventory lists for Aging in Place Program
  • Conduct evaluation and maintain statistics pertaining to the Aging in Place Program
  • Collaborates with our multidisciplinary team of Dementia Care Coaches and other members of the circle of care to support client goals, problem solve, overcome barriers and facilitate warm transitions between providers.
  • Maintain a client-centred approach to support individuals, caregivers and families to get the right support, at the place and at the right time.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Post-secondary diploma as an Occupational Therapy/ Physiotherapy Assistant or training as a Kinesiologist
  • Multilingual - English, French, Chinese languages, Arabic languages, etc
  • Experience working directly with people living with dementia and caregivers.
  • Experience solving problems and engaging in quality improvement activities.
  • Strong communication and organization skills.
  • Demonstrates ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive across the area of Ottawa and Renfrew County.

Dean is really looking forward to reviewing your cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please let Dean know about a time you provided high-quality support for a client in their home. Send your cover letter and resume by email to info@dsorc.org  with the subject line OTA/PTA – Aging in Place by January 9, 2022.

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