Rehabilitation Assistant (Occ. Therapy Asst.) - Seniors' Health, Rehab & Supportive Care Services

​Req ID: 162858
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Central Zone, Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building - QEII  
Department: OPCZ Senior's Portable OT
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly PT (50% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Status: NSGEU
 Healthcare Position
Posting Closing Date: 5-Mar-24

Nova Scotia Health is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia, with some specialized services also offered to clients throughout Atlantic Canada. We’re on a mission to achieve excellence in health, healing and learning through working together, which is reflected in the hospitals, health centres and community-based programs we operate across the province. Our passionate team of professionals provides a variety of high-quality inpatient and outpatient services including academic, tertiary, and quaternary care, as well as continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions. Join a diverse team of innovators, collaborators and creative thinkers today.


Nova Scotia Health employs professionals in all corners of our beautiful province. We believe there's a place here for everyone to call home, from vibrant cities with exuberant nightlife to quaint towns with picturesque trails. The work-life balance that comes with a Nova Scotia Health role means you'll have the time to explore, discover, and participate in that coveted Atlantic lifestyle. Visit us today and check out to see why more people from across the globe are moving here.

Recruitment Incentives

Successful candidates may be eligible for a $5,000 - $10,000 signing bonus and up to $5,000 of relocation assistance with a defined Return of Service contract.


About the Opportunity

Under the direction of the manager, and under the supervision of the registered Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist, the Rehabilitation Assistant, as an active member of the patient care team, works with individuals, families and groups to help educate and promote movement, occupation, function.  Working collaboratively with their team, the Rehabilitation Assistant is responsible for the safe and proficient delivery of activities that have been assigned by the physiotherapist/occupational therapists for patients coping with temporary or permanent limitations in movement and daily function.  They enable clients to meet their expected outcomes by contributing to the implementation and to the modification of rehab programs and services.  The Rehabilitation Assistant also checks and cleans equipment, maintains treatment and storage areas and orders necessary supplies.


This position is classified as a Rehabilitation Assistant. The scope of work will lean slightly towards the occupational therapy responsibilities more. 


About You

We would love to hear from you if you have the following:


  • Grade 12 or GED
  • Completion of an accredited Rehabilitation Assistant Program (which includes both Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy components)
  • Experience with ADL practice is considered an asset
  • Experience with seating and wheelchair equipment is considered an asset
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Ability to communicate well with both patients and their families and staff
  • Good interpersonal skills and be able to work collaboratively with team members
  • Organizational ability to complete assigned work and manage changing staffing and caseload levels
  • Previous experience dealing with elderly and physically and/or cognitively impaired patients is an asset
  • Experience working frail older adults considered an asset
  • Experience working with people who have dementia and cognitive impairment considered an asset
  • Knowledge of proper body mechanics
  • Demonstrate basic computer skills
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred


PLEASE NOTE: Applicants will be screened on the above qualifications. Applicants must clearly demonstrate how they meet the knowledge and competencies in their cover letter and resume. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies in their application. Applicants will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or missing information.


** A skill test will be included as part of the selection process **


•    Permanent, Part-time (50%) Position; 37.5 Hours Bi-weekly

Compensation and Incentives

$22.84 - $25.95 Hourly
Successful candidates may be eligible for our benefits package which includes health, dental, travel, long-term disability, and life insurance coverage as well as a defined benefit pension plan.


Once You've Applied

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 


​This is a Healthcare bargaining unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Employees are encouraged to view their seniority hours and dates in their SuccessFactors online profile. Successful applicants changing unions, bargaining units or employment status, are advised to seek clarification regarding their seniority, benefits, and vacation entitlement and/or usage, prior to accepting the position.


Preferred candidates must be able to demonstrate proof of primary series of COVID -19 vaccine at time of hire. 


Nova Scotia Health is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. We encourage all qualified applicants who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotian, Persons of Colour, Foreign Nationals/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.


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