Year: 2019

Strategic Planning Update

The Rk MacDonald is proud to release the annual update to our Strategic Plan for 2019/2020.

These directions were created through a community process and capture the voices of residents, families, staff, Board members, volunteers and other community partners. We were excited to embark on this consultation process and the end result is a reflection of both our past and our collective vision for the future.

Dementia: Challenges & Rewards

Families, Friends, & Anyone Interested, please join Dominic Boyd—Education Co-ordinator from the Nova Scotia Alzheimer Society on Saturday, November 09th, 2019 at 3:30PM – 4:30PM. This education session will be held at the Rhubarb Patch.RK MacDonald - Alzheimer Society

Water main break

Water main break has been fixed and water has been restored to the building.

Water Main Break

The Town of Antigonish has experienced a water main break today that has significantly impacted the water supply at RK. They are hopeful the water will be restored this evening. We are prepared to manage overnight if it is necessary.

We have implemented the following:

  • Drinking water is available in each of the care areas for staff, visitors and residents.
  • Non-potable water is available on each care area to flush toilets.
  • Potable water for handwashing and resident care has been made available to the care areas.
  • We have converted to disposable plates and cutlery for the evening meals.
  • We have reached out to St. Martha’s to assist us with linen.
  • Additional staff will be brought in as required to support front line staff with activities such as dishwashing, laundry and to ensure that any missed showers or regular baths are done once the water is restored (or next business day)


We have had several meetings with staff throughout the day to keep them updated and to bring information back to staff and residents in each care area and department.


When water is restored we will post a note on the website.


Buddy Bench 2.0

We are very pleased to reproduce the below excerpt of an article by Richard MacKenzie of The Casket published on August 22nd, 2019.

Antigonight, R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home collaborate on project

RK Macdonald - Buddy Bench 2.0

Stella Merry decided a hand-print is nice but a foot-print is even better, when contributing to the ‘buddy bench’ Aug. 16, a collaboration between the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home and Antigonish: Art after Dark Festival which will sit outside the People’s Place Library. – Richard MacKenzie (The Casket)

ANTIGONISH, N.S. — The ‘buddy bench’ created for the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home’s garden last year proved so popular, a second one has been created for the People’s Place Library.

“Last year, Antigonish: Art after Dark Festival, in partnership with the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, crafted a buddy bench for their new garden. We brought the bench to Antigonight as a seating option for people during the festival and the library liked it so much, they wanted one,” festival director Emma MacDonald said Aug. 16, as the activity of putting hand and foot-prints on the colourful bench took place, just outside the library on Main Street.

You can read the rest of the article on The Casket’s website here.

RK Artists Meet & Greet

Please join us on Friday, July 26th

2:15-3:15 p.m.

to Meet & Greet


RK MacDonald Nursing Home Artists

Celebrating their Art Show 2019

at the

People’s Place Library – Main Street

Rk Artists





Rk Artists

General Worker (Janitor)

Please note:  This is not a job listing, this is a job description. For current opportunities click here.

POSITION: General Worker (Janitor)
DEPARTMENT: Environmental Services
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Environmental & Food Services

Scope of Position

Reporting to the Director of Environmental & Food Services, the General Worker (Janitor) provides janitorial duties for the facility. As an employee of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home, he/she has a responsibility to be involved in providing a stimulating environment for the residents. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the General Worker (Janitor) serves as a positive role model; as a partner in the provision of care and support of our residents, and represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.

Functions and Responsibilities

  1. Understand that the Residents/Families are central to all departmental activities, services and decisions.
  2. Establishes and maintains working relationships and performs all work in keeping with the Mission, Vision, Core Values and Philosophy of resident Centered Care of the RK MacDonald Nursing Home.
  3. To promote and maintain the safety of Residents, staff and visitors as a strategic priority for the home at all times.
  4. Work as a team with other departments in the Home.
  5. Attend monthly Departmental meetings and serve on other committees as required.
  6. Assist in orientation of new staff.
  7. Ability to organize and complete assigned workloads.
  8. Work under constant interruptions in daily work routines.
  9. Knowledge and practice the safe use of all department equipment.
  10. Report necessary home/equipment related repairs to Department Manager or Supervisor.
  11. Assist Director or Supervisor in evaluating new equipment and chemical products.
  12. Attend and participate in education in-service, workshops, seminars, etc.
  13. General cleaning of specific areas as assigned by the Director or Supervisor.
  14.  Sweep, wash, buff, burnish and wax floors as per established procedure.
  15. Assist with loading washers & dryers in the Laundry Department to start shift.
  16. Do Laundry and Garbage runs at beginning of shift.
  17. Assist in keeping walkways clear of debrie, litter, snow, etc.
  18. Collect waste and clean containers as per established procedure inside and outside of building.
  19. Vacuum floor mats on a daily basis.
  20. Clean ceilings, walls, windows, lights shades, wheel chairs, vents, sprinklers, etc as per established procedures.
  21. Assist in the transportation or removal of furniture or equipment as necessary.
  22. Current certification in Confined Spaces and Transportation of Dangerous Goods, NVCJ.
  23. Maintains storage in Shed and Resident storage.
  24. Assist with the ground care; mowing lawns, wiper snipping, watering lawns, at R.K. and Ant. Manor
  25. Familiar with Departmental Policy and Procedure Manual.
  26. Annually assess or attend required in-service training for staff provided on-site and via on-line Surge Learning tool provided by the RK.
  27. Perform other related duties as assigned by the Director or Supervisor.

Education, Training, Experience

Must have a valid Nova Scotia Driver’s License.

Good physical health, ability to work independently and with others, ability to follow verbal and written instructions, ability to learn the operation of equipment, ability to perform repetitive tasks, and ability to work in a warm congested area.

Grade 12 Education. Must have a good working knowledge of janitorial and floor care.

Job Fair for CCA’s

Are you kind, caring and compassionate? Always wanted to become a Continuing Care Assistant?

Are you interested in working as part of a friendly, supportive and skilled team?

If so, you may be the person we are looking for!
R.K MacDonald is an employer who is willing to provide and invest in in-house education opportunities and support successful candidates in becoming Continuing Care Assistants.

You can apply now online at or join us at our Job Fairs on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 from 6-7:30 p.m. and Saturday May 4th, 2019 from 9-11 a.m. at 64 Pleasant Street Antigonish NS.

R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is a rich and vibrant community that recognizes and appreciates the uniqueness of every person who lives and works here. This uniqueness of spirit and character drives the life plan for our residents. We strive to provide the best possible care and services to our clients and as a result, we are looking for people who genuinely care.

We have immediate vacancies for PCW (PSW, HSW) with employment designed to enable those interested to become a certified Continuing Care Assistant.

RK MacDonald Nursing Home - CCA's

We offer:

  • Comprehensive Benefit package including;
  • Pension contributions; Vacation,
  • Sick benefits (upon Completion of a 528 hr. Probation Period);
  • Health Benefits

We are looking for people who:

  • Have an interest in being a caregiver.
  • Does not have CCA certification but have been working in the role of Personal Care Worker; Home Support Worker; and other classifications of this role.
  • Are a graduate from a related Health and Human Services Programs such as: Social and Community Support; Social Services; Community Residential Worker; Human Services Worker; and are interested in obtaining your certification as a Continuing Care Assistant.