Year: 2021

Board Announcement

The Board of Directors of the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is pleased to announce the appointment of Terry MacIntyre as Permanent Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective November 15, 2021.

Rk MacDonald Hiring Drive Featured in Saltwire

The Chronicle Herald, a part of the Saltwire network, recently featured the RK MacDonald’s on-going hiring drive.

The RK is currently looking to fill positions in nursing, especially CCAs, as well as housekeeping, dietary and custodial care, as the nation-wide staffing shortage for front-line healthcare workers is also impacting Nova Scotia.

As well as helping fill healthcare gaps, working at the RK in Antigonish is a good decision overall, says RK Human Resources Coordinator Jacqueline Delorey.

“Our team takes great pride in our home and the services we provide to our residents. We are looking to hire people who share our passion for respectful care, and whose values align with the Core Values C.A.R.E.S. (Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence, and Safety),” says Delorey. “We are also looking for people who want to give back to their community.”

You can read the full article online here.

If you are interested in a career with the RK MacDonald, you can view the current job postings here: www.rkmacdonald.ca/category/current-opportunities

Competition #:420-31 10-21 -2021               TEMP FT      Continuing Care Assistants

R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, 64 Pleasant Street, Antigonish NS B2G 1W7

                   Disclaimer: Please refer to nursing home website for job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca 

Competition #:420-31 10-21 -2021                  Job Title:         Continuing Care Assistant

           Dept.:  Nursing                                              Start Date:      Immediately

Posted Date: October 21, 2021                     Close Date:   Open until filled

Reg/Temp: 4 Temporary  Positions                           Full/Part                Full-time

Union:       CAW/UNIFOR
Applications accepted until 4:00 PM on the Closing Date

Opening Statement

The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is a Long Term Care Home to 137 Residents and employs 267 staff in various Departments.

Qualifications required – Provincial certification in Continuing Care Assistant (CCA). Regular & consistent attendance is essential.

Skills & Abilities required refer to CCA (Job) Description on R.K. Macdonald Nursing Home website www.rkmacdonald.ca

Hours of Work (subject to change)Depends on Rotation 7 am- 7 pm, 7 pm-7 am and

8am-8 pm 

Pos.1. 12 hr. SW/LW

Pos 2. 12 hr. DDNN

Pos 3. 12 hr. LW/SW

Pos 4. 12 hr. SW/LW (tentative end date Dec 17, 2021 subject to change)      

Salary

$17.5621-18.9633 per hour

(According to experience as per Unifor contract pay scale) (Pay for Breaks and Dinner) 80 biweekly

Benefits/Pension Information

Comprehensive Benefits

Pension – (Can deferred for 3mos, if not previously in plan)

Vacation, holiday

Sick benefits- (Upon Completion of a 528 hr. Probation Period)

Health Benefits – NA (no end date and end date less than 1 yr.)

Good Life – Corp Rate

Closing Statement

Closing Statement Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those Applicants selected for an interview to be contacted. Interviews held within two weeks of closing date.  These are UNIFOR bargaining unit positions. Preference given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is an inclusive employer who supports diversity, equality, and reconciliation.  Our goal is to be a workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve.  We welcome people from all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, age, religion, and physical and mental abilities. Internal applicants to apply by using the Internal Application Form, External Applicants to submit cover letter and resume to: Jacqueline Delorey HR 902-863-2578 Ext.292 Fax: 902-863-4437 or email: jobs@rkmacdonald.ca    

Disclaimer: Please refer to nursing home website for complete job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca 

Visitation Update – October 7, 2021

Update for Oct. 7, 2021

Re: Phase 5 Visitation Update

Dear Residents, family and Friends of the RK,

*New proof of vaccination required*

On Wednesday, September 29th, 2021, the Premier of Nova Scotia and Dr. Robert Strang announced a new government policy that will take effect Monday Octo. 4th , 2021. The new policy now requires mandatory vaccination for all staff and visitors to protect our most vulnerable populations form the Delta Variant of COVID-19.

Effective immediately:

  • All general visitors [family friends, volunteers, vendors, contractors, etc.] to the RK MacDonald Nursing Home must be doubly vaccinated and present proof of vaccination at the Screening Desk effective Oct. 4th , 2021. All Designated Care Givers are required to be doubly vaccinated and present proof of vaccination effective Nov. 30th, 2021.
  • Residents may not leave the facility with visitors that are not fully vaccinated. This does not include designated care givers.
  • All LTC residents throughout the province may leave their facility to participate in activities in the community. All residents may attend overnight visits except when the overnight visit will occur in the central zone. This means residents of any zone (including central zone) may attend overnight visits that occur outside the central zone.
  • Medical masks continue to be mandatory for all visitors, designated care givers and staff. At all times during the visit, visitors must ensure the mask covers their mouth and nose. If staff notice your mask is not covering your face, they will say “mask up please” as a reminder.

This government policy applies to various sectors in Nova Scotia. More specifically, it includes all workers, professionals and volunteers in licensed and unlicensed long term care facilities and it also applies to all visitors entering long term care facilities.  However, if you have NOT received a COVID-19 vaccine OR have only received one dose of any two-dose COVID-19 regime then you are not fully vaccinated and, unfortunately, are not be permitted to enter the RK.

As a Home, we recognize the importance of family and friends as a key component in quality of life. However, respecting safety as a core value here at the RK, our number one priority remains the safety of our residents and our staff. We ask for your patience and cooperation with these new public health measures.

Stay safe, get vaccinated and follow basic public health measures – we’ll be okay!

Competition #:420-30 09-03 -2021            Permanent FT      Continuing Care Assistant

R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, 64 Pleasant Street, Antigonish NS B2G 1W7

                   Disclaimer: Please refer to nursing home website for job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca 

Competition #:420-30 09-03 -2021                  Job Title:         Continuing Care Assistant

Dept.:  Nursing                                                 Start Date:      Immediately

Posted Date: September 3, 2021                  Close Date:   September 10, 2021

Reg/Temp: Permanent                                    Full/Part                Full-time .70 (56 hrs.- biweekly)

(subject to change)

Union:       CAW/UNIFOR

Applications accepted until 4:00 PM on the Closing Date

Opening Statement

The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is a Long Term Care Home to 137 Residents and employs 290 staff in various Departments.

Qualifications required – Provincial certification in Continuing Care Assistant (CCA). Regular & consistent attendance is essential.

Skills & Abilities required refer to CCA (Job) Description on R.K. Macdonald Nursing Home website www.rkmacdonald.ca

Hours of Work                       8 hr. Days       Rotational 7am-7-3pm

  (subject to change)

 Salary

$17.5621-18.9633 per hour

(According to experience as per Unifor contract pay scale) (Pay for Breaks and Dinner) 80 biweekly

Benefits/Pension Information

Comprehensive Benefits

Pension – (Can deferred for 3mos, if not previously in plan)

Vacation, holiday

Sick benefits- (Upon Completion of a 528 hr. Probation Period)

Health Benefits – Yes Health, Dental, Travel, Ltd, Life, etc.

Good Life – Corp Rate

Closing Statement

Closing Statement Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those Applicants selected for an interview to be contacted. Interviews held within two weeks of closing date.  These are UNIFOR bargaining unit positions. Preference given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is an inclusive employer who supports diversity, equality, and reconciliation.  Our goal is to be a workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve.  We welcome people from all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, age, religion, and physical and mental abilities. Internal applicants to apply by using the Internal Application Form, External Applicants to submit cover letter and resume to: Jacqueline Delorey HR 902-863-2578 Ext.292 Fax: 902-863-4437 or email: jobs@rkmacdonald.ca    

Disclaimer: Please refer to nursing home website for complete job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca 

 

  Competition #:440-12-09-03-21              Casual    Senior Cook

  Competition #:440-12-09-03-21                       Job Title:         Senior Cook

 Dept.:   Dietary/Food Services                      Start Date:      Immediately

Posted Date: September 3, 2021                  Close Date:    Open until filled

Reg/Temp: Temporary                                  Full/Part:        Casual

(Subject to change)

Union: N/A

Applications are accepted until 4:00 PM on the Closing Date

Opening Statement

The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is a Long Term Care Home to 137 Residents and employs 290 staff in various Departments.

Skills & Abilities required: (see Senior cook Job Description) http://www.rkmacdonald.ca/seniorcook  

  • Thorough knowledge of institutional food production, safety, and sanitation in food handling.
  • Must be adept at reading, comprehending, and following complex dietary instructions, menus, and recipes.
  • Sound comprehension and judgment, with the understanding of food handling and preparation practices and recipe adjusting.
  • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent.
  • Completion (Certificate) of a formal and practical training in food preparation from a recognized cooking school.
  • 1-3 years practical experience. (Practical Experience in Long Term/Residential Care considered would be an asset)
  • Must have Food Handlers Course.
  • Journeyman papers (e.g. red seal) preferred.
  • The work requires some functional supervision of Dietary Aides and 2nd Senior Cook on duty
  • Accurate estimation of food needs and conversation of recipes for quantity food production, planning of menus, specials, and catering functions.
  • The incumbent must be able to head off potential problems and deal with them effectively
  • Work requires continuous walking, standing while preparing and serving meals required to lift up to 50 pounds with the help of another person.
  • Regular and consistent attendance is essential.

 Hours of Work

Casual

Hours – Days (6-4 pm)/ (7-5pm) (subject to change)
Salary

$21.3251 -23.0267(according to experience and papers)

Benefits/Pension Information NA for casuals

Hol/Vac pay as per Dept. of Labor standards for Casuals

Closing Statement Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those Applicants selected for an interview to be contacted. Interviews held within two weeks of closing date.  These are UNIFOR bargaining unit positions. Preference given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is an inclusive employer who supports diversity, equality, and reconciliation.  Our goal is to be a workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve.  We welcome people from all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, age, religion, and physical and mental abilities. Internal applicants to apply by using the Internal Application Form, External Applicants to submit cover letter and resume to: Jacqueline Delorey HR 902-863-2578 Ext.292 Fax: 902-863-4437 or email: jobs@rkmacdonald.ca    

Disclaimer: Please refer to nursing home website for complete job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca 

 

 Competition #:440-9 07-16- 2021          Casual      Dietary Aides (Food Services)

R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, 64 Pleasant Street, Antigonish NS B2G 1W7

                   Disclaimer: Please refer to nursing home website for job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca 

Competition #:440-9 07-16- 2021                    Job Title:         Dietary Aide

 Dept.:  Dietary (Food Services)                     Start Date:      Immediately

Posted Date: July 16, 2021                            Close Date:     Open until filled

Reg/Temp:  Casual                                           Full/Part           Casual

(Subject to change)

Union:       NA

Applications are accepted until 4:00 PM on the Closing Date

Opening Statement

The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is a Long Term Care Home to 137 Residents and employs 297 staff in various Departments.

Skills & Abilities required: please refer to    Dietary Aide Job Description @www.rkmacdonald.ca   

www.rkmacdonald.ca

Qualifications required – Applicants should have some experience in food service and its delivery

Experience in baking or cooking would be an asset. Food handlers course an asset.

Regular and consistent attendance is essential.

Hours of Work

   Causal

Hours 10hr shifts, 8hr shifts, 5.5hr shifts, 5hr shifts, Rotational shifts and weekends.

Start and end times may vary, 6:30am, 7 am – 7:15 am, 3:30pm, and 5pm (subject to change)

 Salary

$16.3329-$16.6102 per hour (according to experience)

Benefits/Pension Information

Comprehensive Benefits

Pension – NA

Vacation, holiday – prorated % 4 vac

Sick benefits- NA

Health Benefits NA

Gym Membership – Good life

Closing Statement

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those Applicants selected for an interview to be contacted. Interviews held within two weeks of closing date.  These are UNIFOR bargaining unit positions. Preference given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is an inclusive employer who supports diversity, equality, and reconciliation.  Our goal is to be a workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve.  We welcome people from all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, age, religion, and physical and mental abilities. Internal applicants to apply by using the Internal Application Form, External Applicants to submit cover letter and resume to: Jacqueline Delorey HR 902-863-2578 Ext.292 Fax: 902-863-4437 or email:jobs@rkmacdonald.ca Disclaimer: Please  refer to nursing home website for job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca 

Competition #:490-07-07-16-21           Casual       General Workers (Housekeeping)

R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, 64 Pleasant Street, Antigonish NS B2G 1W7               

Competition #:490-07-07-16-21            Job Title:         General Worker (Housekeeping)

Dept.:        Environmental Service   Start Date:      Immediately

Posted Date: July 16, 2021                Close Date:     Open until filled

Reg/Temp: Casual                               Full/Part:        Temporary

 

Applications accepted until 4:00 PM on the Closing Date

Opening Statement

The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is a Long Term Care Home to 137 Residents and employs 297  staff in various Departments.

Qualifications/Skills Required: Good physical health, ability to work independently with others, ability to follow verbal and written instructions, ability to learn the operation of equipment, ability to perform repetitive task.

Grade 12 Education, experience in housekeeping or Laundry preferred, but not required. Regularand consistent attendance is essential.

Please: Refer to General Worker (housekeeping) Job Description for complete listing on our website

www.rkmacdonald.ca

Hours of Work

Temporary –Casual

Hours – Days/Weekends (10 am- 6 pm/8am-4pm/8:30am – 4:30pm/7am-3 pm(subject to change) hours flexible as need arises).

Salary

$16.3329-16.6102 per hour (according to experience)

Benefits/Pension Information

Comprehensive Benefits

Pension  NA

Vacation, holiday –  As per Dept. of Labor for Casuals

Sick benefits- NA

Health Benefits – NA

Good Life – Corp Rate

Closing Statement

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those Applicants selected for an interview to be contacted. Interviews held within two weeks of closing date.  These are UNIFOR bargaining unit positions. Preference given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is an inclusive employer who supports diversity, equality, and reconciliation.  Our goal is to be a workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve.  We welcome people from all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, age, religion, and physical and mental abilities. Internal applicants to apply by using the Internal Application Form, External Applicants to submit cover letter and resume to: Jacqueline Delorey HR 902-863-2578 Ext.292 Fax: 902-863-4437 or email:jobs@rkmacdonald.ca

Disclaimer: Please refer to nursing home website for complete detailed job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca 

 

Visitation Update – July 2, 2021

Dear Residents, Family and Friends of RK MacDonald

There were further easing of restrictions in LTC at the June 30, 2021 announcement. There are a number of different regulations we must continue to follow. Restrictions have eased but Public Health measures have not. The Delta variant is in the province. Our experience with the UK variant tells us the new strains can quickly take hold.

Please wear your mask properly at all times on the property– inside and outside. Residents live communally and exposure for one person has the potential to affect everyone. We have to remain committed and vigilant to keeping each other virus free.

Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Get fully vaccinated. Encourage loved ones to get fully vaccinated. Don’t visit with cold symptoms. Don’t visit if you have a close contact who has cold symptoms/awaiting testing results. Get regular asymptomatic testing.

It is also imperative that anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms and/or tests positive within two weeks of their visit to the facility, notifies the facility immediately to ensure we take the necessary precautions here.

Based on staffing availability, we are now booking indoor and outdoor visits seven days a week. Please call 902-870-3458 to book an appointment. Residents can have 3-5 visitors at one time.  Visitors must be screened prior to the visit.

For residents who are fully immunized against COVID-19:

Indoor visits:

  • Are available in designated visitation areas and in resident rooms.
  • We are only able to accommodate 2 visitors indoors at a time.
  • Scheduling is required. Book your appointment by calling 902-870-3458
  • Visitors must be screened prior to entry into the Home.
  • Residents are encouraged, but are not required, to wear a mask and physically distance from their visitor(s).
  • Indoor visits are scheduled for 30 minutes.
  • These Indoor visits are in addition to visitation from Designated Care providers.
  • Maximum number of visitors indoors is 4 per resident. If that number is exceeded- especially in semi-private bedrooms, staff will support finding alternative visiting spaces inside or on the grounds. We ask for your cooperation and flexibility to ensure we can accommodate visits indoors.
  • Indoor visits will begin on Monday, July 5, 2021 between 11:00 am-4:30pm. As noted they must be pre-booked.

Outdoor Visits:

  • Are available in designated areas outside
  • Outdoor visits can accommodate 3-5 people at one time.
  • Scheduling is required. Book your appointment by calling 902-870-3458
  • If the visitor(s) are wearing a mask, social distance is not required. If the visitor(s) are unmasked, social distancing is required.
  • Visits are scheduled for 30 minutes.
  • Visitors must be screened prior to the visit.

Full community access is now permitted for residents who are fully vaccinated.

  • Designated Caregivers are able to accompany residents to retail stores, restaurants, banks, etc.
  • Those residents who remain independent, may access the community unaccompanied.
  • The Team Lead RN/LPN in the care area must be notified of the outing- ideally in advance, to ensure residents are prepared to go out.
  • A sign-out/sign-in book will be available in the front lobby.

For residents who are partially immunized or not immunized against COVID-19,

Outdoor Visits

  • The resident can have 3-5 visitors outside.
  • Visits outdoors without physical distancing are now permitted.
  • Residents are encouraged, but are not required, to wear a mask. Visitors must wear a mask.
  • The visitor and the resident may hug, touch, or exchange a handshake during an outdoor visit.
  • Residents may now access outdoor public areas such as boardwalks, parks, etc. The resident must maintain physical distancing (except with their Designated Caregiver or support person accompanying them).
  • Partially or unimmunized residents are not permitted to come into contact with others during the outing and are not able to access restaurants, banks, stores etc at this time.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health determines what can or cannot happen in each phase of lifting restrictions, with advice from the Department of Health and Wellness, Public Health, Infection Prevention and Control, and Continuing Care. The foundation of decision-making is rooted in clinical and public health evidence, and considers factors including COVID-19 activity, vaccination rates, and an understanding of the unique needs of our long-term care residents. As always, it will take us several days to adapt to the increased visitation. There continue to be a number of safeguards and monitoring required on the part of the facility.

We are inching through this and making progress. Thank you for your ongoing patience and support as we continue to ease restrictions.

 

 

Pan Pal Project a Great Success With Residents

The RK MacDonald Nursing Home is delighted to see its residents connecting with local students. During a time when so many of us feel isolated already, the burden on our residents has been even higher as public health measures have often resulted in visits from loved ones being cancelled or postponed.

A recent article in Saltwire covers the wonderful relationship between the students and our residents.

A pen pal project at Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School has allowed students to connect with senior citizens in the community.

Students in Mrs. Synishin’s Grade 12 health and human services class were tasked with the assignment of writing letters to residents of the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home.

“I was pleasantly surprised with how much the Grade 12s loved it,” said Synishin. “One sort of incidental thing that they learned that a lot of them didn’t know was just the art of writing a personal letter … and practicing their cursive writing was a big deal because I wasn’t gonna let them email. I said it has to be a generational thing where you’re personally writing a letter to someone.”

Read the full article on the Saltwire website here.