Mental Health Care Assistant, Tertiary Older Adult

Fraser Health

Salary range: The salary range for this position is CAD $29.83 – $29.83 / hour Why Fraser Health?:

Fraser Health is the second largest health system in Canada with over 45,000 staff, medical staff and volunteers, and is the largest of five regional health authorities in British Columbia, providing hospital and community-based health services to nearly 2 million people in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

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Detailed Overview:

Provides personal care and observation of patients with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) / serious mental illness, as directed by the Registered Nurse/Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RN/RPN), or LPN as required, using a person-centered approach. Works as a member of the interdisciplinary team to assist with activities of daily living, including personal hygiene, meals, laundry and organization; reports observations of patients’ conditions to designated nursing staff; facilitates patients’ participation in recreational activities; performs patient care tasks as assigned; accompanies patients on appointments and activities.


  • Provides personal care to patients such as assisting the patient with bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, prosthetics, elimination, and overseeing patient exercise routines.
  • Assists patients in making beds, personal laundry, organizing personal belongings and assists them in retrieving personal care supplies from storage area as required.
  • Assists patients with meals by serving and collecting meal trays and feeding designated patients.
  • Performs procedures such as weighing patients, monitoring patients’ nutritional/fluid intake and elimination, and collects specimens, and administers suppositories and enemas as directed.
  • Charts/documents patient information in accordance with established procedures/practice on the patient care health record, and reports problems and/or changes to nursing staff. Observes patients as directed by the Registered Nurse/Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RN/RPN), or LPN as required, in accordance with the care plan.
  • Monitors patient safety and responds to escalating behaviour through actions such as verbal de-escalation and use of other violence prevention strategies, in accordance with the care plan; advises nursing staff and/or seeks assistance from other members of the care team as appropriate.
  • Assists nursing staff with care of patients in seclusion rooms as directed by the RN/RPN including assisting with activities of daily living, delivering food, and use of restraints.
  • Carries out patient activity programs such as arts and crafts, sports, music, woodworking, cooking, gardening and exercises as directed; sets up and organizes furnishings and equipment for activity projects, teaches the techniques of related activities to patients/residents, oversees the patients/residents activities and reports problems and/or changes to supervisor.
  • Escorts patients off unit for treatment or diagnostic procedures; transports patients utilizing mechanical aids such as wheelchairs and/or stretchers.
  • Carries out patient activity programs outside the facility; checks that patient/resident has appropriate clothing and necessary equipment for the activity, confirms details of proposed activity with nursing/medical staff, co-ordinates the movement of patients/residents during the activity and teaches the techniques of related activities.
  • Participates in orientating patients, families, staff, volunteers, and students to the unit by familiarizing them with the layout of the unit, patient rooms and unit routines.
  • Assists care team with routine search of rooms and patient belongings in order to maintain unit safety.
  • Assists patients with retrieval/storage and/or relocation of personal effects to different rooms within the unit.
  • As part of the interdisciplinary team, participates in team meetings and ward rounds as directed and provides feedback on observations related to patient care provided for designated patients. Reports malfunctioning equipment and supply needs to appropriate staff.
  • Participates in quality improvement activities as assigned by providing input and feedback on department initiatives.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience
Grade 12, graduation from a recognized Health Care Assistant Program, completion of recognized recreational courses plus one (1) year’s recent, related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal with others effectively.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
  • Ability to teach.
  • Ability to organize work.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.