Year: 2023

2023 Lights of Love Campaign

Join us in celebrating Christmas this year by helping the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home light its tree with bulbs dedicated to love. This is the 26th year that our “Lights of Love” Christmas tree will be lit to honour individuals in whose name donations have been made. Those honoured do not have to be Residents of the R.K.

You can dedicate a bulb in memory of a deceased loved one or honour someone presently in your life. There is no limit to the number of bulbs you can purchase. In addition to a tax receipt for your donation, you can receive a card to send to anyone you have honoured.

Your donation will be used to “Support the Everyday Needs of the Residents” which are not covered by the day to day operation of the facility.

The Lights of Love Service is at 2:00pm on Sunday December 3, 2023 and the Lights of Love tree will be lit during the service. Following prayers, dedications and carols, refreshments will be served in the R.K. Dining Room. All dedications will be entered in a “Lights of Love Memorial Book” that will be on display in the R.K. Chapel throughout the upcoming year.

Visit the Lights of Love Campaign page to donate today!

Our Core Values

This Core Values Video was created with the intention to remind us as an RK Community of the importance of living our Core Values each and every day in support of our mission and vision.

Continuing Care Assistant Lead (CCA-Lead)

POSITION: Continuing Care Assistant Lead (CCA-Lead)
DEPARTMENT: Clinical Services
RESPONSIBLE TO: Continuing Care Assistant Lead (CCA-Lead)


Directly reports to the Assistant Director of Clinical Services.  The Continuing Care Assistant Lead is to assist and coordinate direct personal care to residents in accordance with their care plans in order to meet the individual residents’ needs.  Care is to be provided in accordance with objectives and policies of R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the Continuing Care Assistant Lead, as a partner in the provision of care and support of our Residents, represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.



Assisting with daily coordination of the following duties as part of entire facility:

  • May assist residents with hygiene and daily living activities including bathing, dressing, oral care, skin care, positioning in bed, feeding and transferring.
  • Assist in admission and in-house transfers as directed of the charge nurse.
  • Share in observing changes in resident’s condition and report observations to immediate supervisor.
  • May provide physical assistance to residents in moving and being positioned in bed, getting and out of bed, walking and simple ROM exercises.
  • Perform routine charting when required and provide mentorship and education in documentation.
  • Attend in-service programs and other workshops.
  • Assists in orientation of new CCA employees and follow-up with support from the Assistant Director of Clinical Services.
  • Develop and maintain good public relations with residents, staff and visitors.
  • Be familiar with fire, personnel, EMO policies etc. within the home.
  • Assists Recruitment and Retention by attending job fairs and promoting a positive work culture.
  • Helps with the roll out of specific education.
  • Ensure we maintain proper staffing levels and assists with balancing workload.
  • Helps leadership develop evening and night tasks lists.
  • May be required to come in on evenings and nights to ensure tasks are being performed.
  • Communicates within the team to help problem solve issues as they arise.
  • Other duties as assigned by management.
  • Invoicing of purchase and assists management with pricing of equipment when required
  • Completes year-end inventory.
  • Stocking of all units and oversees the incontinent supplies.
  • Support the RPL program in collaboration with the Assistant Director of Clinical Services.
  • Coordinates with staff Tena products
  • Take every opportunity to broaden his/her knowledge.
  • May be asked to sit on committees when required
  • Other related duties as assigned



  • Ability to work as a team member and foster collaborative relationships
  • Demonstrates commitment to quality improvements initiatives and evidence based practices
  • Demonstrated critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making skills
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and special attention to accuracy and detail
  • Demonstrated accountability and responsibility.
  • Demonstrated planning, organizational, prioritizing and time management skills
  • Committed to ongoing learning
  • Commitment to promoting a culture that supports safety, ethical practices and organizational health
  • Exemplary work history as demonstrated in current and past employment
  • Physical capabilities to perform the duties of the position



  • Successful completion of an approved Continuing Care Assistant Course
  • Current member of the CCA Registry (Continuing Care Assistant Program – HANS)
  • Minimum of 3 years recent experience in a Long Term Care and/or Community setting
  • Experience with scheduling
  • Experience in facilitating group education
  • Leadership education or equivalent
  • Experience considered an asset
Continuing Care Week

Continuing Care Week

Oct .9th – 13th

Continuing Care Assistants (CCAs) are part of a dedicated team of individuals committed to providing high quality care. Every day the CCAs enhance the lives of our residents.

Thank you all for the valuable and important work you do.

Continuing Care Month

Continuing Care Month

This month is a time to recognize and celebrate the commitment to quality care and compassion by all the employees delivering care to our residents of the
R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home and across Nova Scotia.

One Positive COVID-19 Case

To Families and Visitors,

We have one resident confirmed positive for Covid-19, this case is in Brambleberry care area.

We have implemented the necessary precautions to prevent spread and are being proactive with screening, testing and implementing additional precautions when applicable.

Visitors are still allowed to visit residents but with some restrictions. These restrictions are only for the Brambleberry care area and MapleRidge care area and does not apply to the other care areas in the Home.

  • Masks should be worn at all times and not removed while on the care area.
  • Frequent handwashing and social distancing is absolutely essential in preventing spread.
  • Residents must stay on the care area and avoid other care areas.
  • Residents not on isolation are allowed to go for offsite visits and essential appointments with consent of the person being visited.
  • Non- essential visits should be postponed.
  • If a resident is on isolation and a visitor still wishes to visit, they must wear the appropriate PPE.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our Infection Prevention and Control Nurse, Nolan Leger, at or Assistant Director of Clinical Services, Michelle Tinio, at

– Nolan,
Infection Prevention and Control Designate, RN

Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator

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

POSITION: Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator (Contract Position)
DEPARTMENT: Administration

To provide Occupational Health and Safety support to the RK MacDonald Nursing Home. This position works with all RK employees, residents and their family members to promote a positive work environment and a culture of safe work practices across the organization.


The Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator is responsible for planning, implementing and overseeing the Home’s Occupational Health & Safety program. The Coordinator will provide advice to the Home as it relates to employee safety, Health and Safety legislation, reporting requirements, and best practices. This position requires strong attention to detail, organizational skills, excellent communication and research skills, and the ability to evaluate the impact of Health and Safety activities/programs.


  • Complete the WCB Certification Program
  • Address 2023 Occupational Health & Safety Inspection deficiencies including a review of the Home’s Health & Safety Program
  • Lead in policy / procedure review and staff training meeting Accreditation Standards pertaining to Occupational Health & Safety
  • Review and revise Incident Reporting policy and procedures


  • Participates as a member of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee
  • Participates in the development of safe work policies and procedures
  • Recommend and facilitate safety training
  • Ensure company adherence to Provincial and Federal Safety legislation
  • Performs all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the RK MacDonald Nursing Home policies and procedures
  • Develop new employee on-boarding safety education


  • Prepares bi-weekly Briefing Notes for the CEO on deliverable progress
  • Submits bi-weekly invoices noting hours of work



  • Diploma in Business Administration or Occupational Health and Safety


  • 2 years direct experience in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Experience writing policies and procedures
  • Experience in the Accreditation process


  • Strong communication skills orally and written
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and diplomacy
  • Self-motivated and engaged


  • Necessity to be able to work effectively from Home
  • Shared office space onsite
  • Own computer
  • RK will provide remote access to RK Cloud

Food Services Aide (General Worker)

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

POSITION: Food Services Aide (General Worker)
DEPARTMENT: Food Services
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Food Services

Under the direction of the Food Services Director, the Food Services Aide supports the delivery of quality food services to the Residents of the Home. As an employee of the RK MacDonald Nursing Home, every person has a responsibility to be involved in providing a stimulating environment for the residents.

We are committed to upholding the Human Rights of all R.K MacDonald employees, including the right of all people to enjoy a physically and psychologically safe work environment; the right of all people to just and favorable terms of employment; and the right of all people to be respected and valued for their differences with equitable opportunities and outcomes in an inclusive environment where all can thrive.

In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the Food Services Aide 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. Understands that the Resident and family 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, Values and philosophy of resident centered care of the RK Mac Donald 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. Prepare resident trays in an attractive manner and in accordance to dietary orders.
  5. Sets up-delivers meal cart(s) and resident trays to the unit dining areas in accordance to the rules of decentralized dining.
  6. Meal service of the residents: setting the tables for the breakfast, dinner, and supper meals; service of the meal(s) in a pleasant, efficient, and courteous manner; clearing and re-setting of the resident tables; directed sanitation duties in the respective dining areas.
  7. Cleans and sanitizes dishes and cutlery used by residents, staff, visitors, catering personnel and the activity department.
  8. Pot sink duty, as required and directed.
  9. Cleans and sanitizes tables, kitchen equipment, serving line, carts, and counters by: using proper cleaning equipment, procedures, and cleaning solutions. Follows daily cleaning list.
  10. Spot clean/sanitize designated areas of the utility room and main kitchen, as outlined in the job specifications.
  11. Keeps fridges and storage areas tidy and clean by removing all empty boxes and clutter, and disposing of the same in the appropriate manner. Mop up spills, as required.
  12. Daily meal offerings to be posted on menu boards.
  13. Deliver nourishments and supplies to nursing units and place in appropriate fridges and cupboards.
  14. Deliver night lunches to nursing units daily for distribution to residents.
  15. Must be familiar with Departmental Policies and Procedures Manual, WHMIS and EMO.
  16. Attend annual in services for WHMIS, Fire Safety; re-certify Food Handlers certification and Firs Aid/CPR as required.
  17. Perform additional related duties as outlined by Director of Food Services or delegate.

Education, Training and Experience

The work requires reading, writing, speaking and understanding English, sound comprehension and judgment. The work requires understanding and following simple work procedures. Work procedures are straight forward and are normally learned from demonstrations and from on-the-job experienced co-workers. Minimum education level Grade 12. Must have Food Handlers course or be willing to obtain the same shortly after employment begins and upgrade every 5 years.



The work requires portioning and serving meals to residents and staff members. Making sure residents receive proper diets.


The work requires walking and standing, pushing food carts loaded with food, carrying dishes and trays, cleaning dishes and equipment. The incumbent is required to lift up to 50 pounds without the assistance of another person.


The job requires no supervision of staff.

Personal Suitability

The work requires reliability, adaptability, effective interpersonal relations, and ability to work under pressure and good personal hygiene and neatness.