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Martha’s Place Re-Opened

Dear Family members,

We are pleased to announce that Martha’s Place will open for general visitation effective today, Thursday May 12th at 11am. We want to thank you for your ongoing cooperation and support and look forward to welcoming you back.

RK MacDonald Senior Leadership Team

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

The 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.  The Home is an Accredited & Licensed 136 bed Nursing Home and is seeking individuals with an interest in working in Long Term Care for the following:

  • CCAs: Summer Employment Opportunities for Nursing Students to work as CCAs (Continuing Care Assistants
  • CCAs (Become a CCA) Applicants participate in a 2 yr. in-house CCA Program (Work/Earn& Gain Certification) with a 2 yr. return to work contract.
  • CCAs – Permanent Full-time/ Part-time and casual positions for Certified CCA’s
  •  RNs – Permanent Full Time, Part –time RN (Registered Nurse)
  • IPAC Nurse (Infection Prevention and Control)
  • LPN – Casual, Temporary Full Time Float (Licensed Practical Nurse)
  • Custodial Casual positions
  • Maintenance General Worker – Casual
  • Food Service Aide General Worker Casual
  • Housekeeping General Worker – Casual

 Please see complete job description for any of the above on our website

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Positions that are in the UNIFOR/NSNU bargaining unit, preference will be given to bargaining unit employees. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. As per the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Protocol in High-Risk Settings, Nova Scotia Health requires all team members to be fully vaccinated by November 30th, 2021.The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity, and is representative, in all job positions, of the residents we serve.

Applicants to submit cover letter and resume to: Jacqueline Delorey HR 902-863-2578 Ext.292  by Fax: 902-863-4437 or email:    

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Nurse

Reporting to the Director of Clinical Services, the Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Nurse is accountable for the planning, development, implementation and coordination of the Infection Prevention and Control Program.

Key Responsibilities:

Pandemic planning and management. Liaison with various partners and agencies.  Education to staff, residents, families, students and volunteers on IPAC policies, programs and practices.  Collaboration with teams, committees, families, residents and volunteers to develop best practice solutions to IPAC issues.  Auditing and surveillance of the IPAC program within the facility. Various quality improvement initiatives related to IPAC throughout the facility. Development and updating of IPAC related policies and procedures.  COVID-19 Vaccines and audits. Consistent resource for staff.


  • Certification or current enrollment in an approved IPAC Canada recognized program is an asset
  • Proficient in use of various computer programs (Excel, Word, Outlook)
  • Current knowledge in concepts and trends in nursing and continuing care
  • Excellent clinical, communication, interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge and clinical competence in IPAC
  • Skilled in policy development and utilizing evidenced-based practice
  • Knowledge in quality improvement initiatives, including outcome measures
  • Demonstrated experience in dealing tactfully with difficult situations

Education Requirements

Current registration with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN)

Current CPR, CPI, WHIMIS certification required.

Required Experience

Recent clinical experience in IPAC including leadership duties

Recent experience in geriatric (Long Term Care) setting preferred.

Competencies specific to position

Resident focused, Communication, Conflict Management, Self-and community awareness, Teamwork, Adaptability/flexibility, Decision making, Initiative, Leading & Developing others, Stress management,

And Values & Ethics

Hours of Work:                 
Non-union Regular Temporary full-time (1.0 FTE) – Typically 40 hrs per week Monday – Friday (hours may flex as necessary i.e. weekend and afterhours).

Competitive Salary commensurate with education and experience

Health (Travel), Dental Life, and Pension Plan (Manulife/NSEHPP (HANS), Corp rate for Gym

COVID-19 Case

Families of RK Residents,

A resident living in Martha’s Place has tested positive for COVID-19 and their family has been notified.  The resident is in isolation and all residents in Martha’s Place are being monitored for symptoms. As a result, Martha’s visitation is restricted to Designated Care Givers only.

We ask that family members receiving this e mail to notify family and friends that visit with a resident on Martha’s Place to make them aware of the change in visitation.  

The remainder of the Home remains open to visitation and we will keep everyone up to date on any further changes to visitation.

March 11, 2022 Update

The silent infectious period of COVID-19 is our central risk factor in managing COVID. However, another risk needs to be considered; the balance between protecting the physical health of our residents from and supporting the overall well-being versus becoming COVID +ve. The key word here is “balance”.

We know the value of having visitors in the Home; you bring a vibrant energy that is shared not only with your family member, with others residents and staff you meet along the way. Furthermore, our safety practices requiring us to screen you, check your temperature, support proper mask wearing and hand washing helps to keep our safety measures front and center.

Please note, in the event COVID does make its presence known in the Home, we are all vaccinated, we have an excellent staff and we have immediate access to our Government partners. Trusting our safety measures, it’s time to take the next step.

DCG Visitation: Phase 3 – effective Monday, March 14, 2002

  • Long-term care residents can have up to 3 visitors at a time in a private resident room and two (2) visitors at a time in a semi-private resident room (doesn’t need to be the same visitors each time).
  • Visitation is open seven (7) days a week from 11:00am to 7:00pm.
  • Visitors at long-term care facilities need to wear a maskand be fully vaccinated (exceptions for vaccinations for end-of-life visits). Visitors need to follow social distancing guidelines (except for a quick, close contact, like a hug).
  • Residents can leave the facility to visit with family in their homes (overnight stays are not permitted). Residents can also leave the facility to visit indoor and outdoor public places (like parks, stores and restaurants). Residents and visitors need to follow public health measures: social distancingand masks are required – a brief risk assessment is completed on return to the Home

Outings should be pre booked with the front screener by calling ext. 222 or cell 902 870-3458 and resident needs to return by 6:30pm to complete the Outing Risk Assessment.

  • In event we experience a COVID +ve case, pending circumstances, our goal will be to only restrict access to the care area involved.
  • Wash your hands regularly when visiting.
  • Keep your mask over your nose and mouth at all times – this is the most important component of our safety practices – no gaps in masking!
  • Please do not bring food or drinks to the Home as it creates a “gap in masking” opportunity for you. Feel welcome to bring treats for your family member.
  • On arrival, Visitors [including DCG’s] will be provided with a mask for themselves and second mask for their family member resident – we strongly recommend residents wear a mask during the visit
  • New resident DCG’s and volunteers will be provided with the Infection Prevention and Control in-service prior to their initial visit.
  • Please do not visit the Home if you are feeling unwell or are a close contact of a COVID +ve individual. If you become unwell and test positive for COVID-19 after visiting, please let us know immediately by calling 902-714-5656.
  • Phase 4 will be re-evaluated in 4 weeks.


Please share this visitation update with friends and family members!

Senior Leadership Team at the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home


The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish N.S. is looking for the services of a Project Manager for the Development and Renovation of a Long Term Care Facility.

For a copy of the Request for Proposal and/or any inquiries, please contact:

Mark Chisholm,

Director of Environmental & Food Services,

R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home

64 Pleasant Street

Antigonish, N.S.

B2G 1W7

(902) 863-2578 ext 230 or email

Family Update – Feb 18, 2022

Dear Families,

In Phase 1 our safety practices for staff and Designated Care Givers were assessed and I am pleased to say increased visitation was well received.

I sense that our community is still stressed with COVID’s lingering presence and that the path forward remains uncertain. We are all likely experiencing a bit of anxiety and within this environment, we have to move forward with confidence and in a calculated manner.

Our COVID safety practices have been challenged and they have proven effective. Our residents have received their booster, our staff is doubly vaccinated and many have received a booster and our collective attention to the importance of proper mask wearing is commendable.

Today we announce Phase 2 of our visitation program.

DCG Visitation: Phase 2 – effective Monday, Feb. 21, 2002

  • Visitation is now available to two (2) doubly vaccinated Designated Care Givers [DCG’s]
  • Visitation is open seven (7) days a week from 11:00am to 5:00pm
  • In event we experience a COVID +ve case, pending circumstances, our goal will be to only restrict access to the care area involved
  • Wash your hands regularly when visiting
  • Keep your mask over your nose and mouth at all times – this is the most important component of our safety practices – no gaps in masking!
  • Please do not bring food or drinks to the Home as it creates a “gap in masking” opportunity. Feel welcome to bring treats for your family member
  • On arrival, DCG’s will be provided with a mask for themselves and second mask for their family member resident – we strongly recommend residents wear a mask during the visit
  • No switching DCG’s
  • Visits to take place in the residents room with the door open to support proper mask wearing
  • New resident DCG’s will be provided with the Infection Prevention and Control in-service prior to their initial visit
  • Please do not visit the Home if you are feeling unwell or are a close contact of a COVID +ve individual
  • If you become unwell and test positive for COVID-19 after visiting, please let us know immediately by calling 902-714-5656
  • Phase 2 will be re-evaluated in 2 weeks


On behalf of our Residents, Senior Leadership team and all our staff, we continue to welcome families back onto our community!

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Terry MacIntyre, CEO

Update to Visitation Rules

Dear Designated Care Providers,

In response to the presence of COVID-19 in our local community, the RK is taking the following precautions to protect our residents:

  • Offsite visits: Restricting off site resident visits for a 2 week period
  • Visitation: in order to reduce foot traffic in the Home, for the next 2 weeks we ask that only DCG’s to visit the Home – can you please notify other family members / friends to please not visit for the next 2 weeks
  • High Risk Areas: Advising all staff and visitors to visit and if you were in one of these high risk areas to please get tested.
  • Staff: screening is ongoing, we are providing rapid testing kits, continue to promote mask wearing, hand hygiene and are asking any staff that may have been in a high exposure site to get tested  
  • Baked goods: we certainly always appreciate the kindness of our residents’ family members – if you bring Christmas treats to the home to share with residents / staff, please ensure the treats are wrapped individually

Although our residents are fully vaccinated and have received their booster, we feel the above measures are necessary to help keep them safe during this community outbreak.

Social Worker

POSITION: Social Worker
DEPARTMENT: Clinical Services
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Clinical Services

Reporting to the Director of Clinical Services, the Social Worker is responsible for planning, developing and implementing services to meet the emotional and social needs for our residents and their families that are in keeping with the philosophy of RK MacDonald Nursing Home and its established policies and procedures.

This will involve assessing resident’s needs, and planning, implementing and documenting Social Work services while working as part of a multi-disciplinary team. All services provided are in accordance with residents’ personal choice and preferences with the aim of achieving excellence in the care and well-being of those living in the RK MacDonald community.

As an employee of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home every person has a responsibility to be involved in providing a stimulating environment for the residents. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Core Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the Social Worker, as a partner in the provision of care and support of our Residents, represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.

Key Responsibilities

1. Reviews applications for admission and coordinates admissions to the Home. Obtains and documents personal and family histories upon admission. Orients residents/families to Home and its philosophy.

2. Prepares for and participates in Resident Care Conferences. Consults with family prior to review and invites residents’ families as appropriate. Identifies social/emotional needs and takes appropriate action in consult with the Health Care team.

3. Develops and maintains liaison with the recreational and community resources.

4. Participates in departmental and staff committee meetings. Maintains records, and documents interventions on charts. Submits a monthly report to the Director of Clinical Services.

5. Coordinates discharge planning.

6. Provides in-service instruction.

7. Provides individual consulting and group services to residents and their families. Acts as a consultant to residents vis-à-vis financial and/or personal problems.

8. Supervises student practicum and participates in community education and research.

9. Develops resources to meet the social and emotional needs of our residents and their families.

10. Participates in the Home’s Continuous Quality Indicator and Strategic Planning programs.

11. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Education, Training and Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years recent experience in a Long Term Care setting, geriatric and/or Community setting
  • B.S.W. or recognized equivalent from an accredited School of Social Work
  • Member of, or eligible for, membership with the Nova Scotia College Social Workers (NSCSW)
  • Eligible for registration with the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers.
  • The Social Worker adheres to the NS Board Registration for Social Workers Code of Ethics and the Canadian Association of Social Workers Standards of Practice.
  • Safety courses such as, BCLS, CPR, CPI and WHIMIS
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to organize, develop and initiate ideas and programs.
  • Commitment to working in an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Demonstrate good communication skills, verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Good attendance
  • Alzheimer and Related Dementia course
  • Criminal Records check including Vulnerable Sector Search

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work under minimal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal with others effectively.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload.
  • Ability to recognize needs and develop appropriate resources to meet social/emotional needs.
  • Ability to empathize with elderly, emotionally and/or physically handicapped persons. Maturity and dependability required to gain resident, families and staff confidence.
  • Ability to deal with confidential matters in a professional manner.

Professional Accountability

  1. Carries out assessments, plan implementation, plan evaluation and education in accordance with RK policies and procedures
  2. Conducts self within legal/ethical/professional obligations and requirements.
  3. Performs beyond entry level competencies Works as a champion of resident centered care.
  4. Respects the individuality, autonomy and confidentiality of the resident and ensures the resident is treated respectfully and uses a person-centered approach involving shared decision making and responsibility with the resident and Substitute Decision Maker.
  5. Demonstrates professional integrity and a commitment to the well-being of all residents.
  6. Engages in professional development and lifelong learning activities.
  7. Orientation of new employees and mentoring /preceptoring of new and existing employees as appropriate.
  8. Acts as a mentor / preceptor for student clinical internships.

Communication and Collaboration

  1. Establishes and maintains effective communication with residents, relevant others and professional colleagues.
  2. Maintains an accurate account of care given through clear, concise, written and verbal communication and evaluates, communicates and documents resident response to care in a timely manner.
  3. Develops and maintains information systems to ensure appropriate access to accurate, objective and relevant information about the resident.
  4. Collaborates, partners, and communicates with the resident, family, and external service providers when there is a difference between the care plan and the wants, needs and abilities of the resident.
  5. Demonstrates effective collaboration and inter-professional teamwork by consulting and sharing information with other health professionals, family and community organizations in a timely manner, provided resident consent is obtained where required, to ensure comprehensive, safe service delivery.
  6. Facilitate admission planning and transitions across the health care continuum, ensuring the resident’s needs are met in appropriate setting.
  7. Participation in staff meetings or working group meetings.
  8. Participation in and /or leadership of program planning, research, continuous quality improvement initiatives, committees, staff education, safety initiatives, and accreditation as requested.
  9. Demonstrates effective verbal and non-verbal communication abilities to prevent adverse events.
  10. Communicates effectively in special high-risk situations to ensure the safety of residents.

Other Related Duties

  1. Other duties as assigned by Director of Clinical Services.

Judgement and Initiative

Identifies the need for and coordinates Social Work services to maintain and enhance the emotional and social performance and engagement of the resident.

  1. Continuously engages in critical thinking, and evaluates plan of care and makes revisions to plan as necessary in consultation and collaboration with the resident, his/her support system and other members of the health care team.
  2. Articulates rationale for decisions that are based on clinical best practice, current theory and research
  3. Intervenes when standards of practice are violated or not upheld.
  4. Refers to appropriate professionals for issues beyond the profession’s scope of practice and the individual’s personal competence.
  5. Seeks direction or assistance from other health care professionals as required.

Safety (resident, worker & workplace)

Demonstrates good stewardship in the identification, reporting & mitigation of unsafe acts or conditions

  1. Contribute to a culture of resident safety.
  2. Work in teams for resident safety.
  3. Communicate effectively for resident safety.
  4. Manage safety risks.
  5. Optimize human and environmental factors.

Resident Support Worker (RSW)

POSITION: Resident Support Worker (RSW)
DEPARTMENT: Clinical Services
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Clinical Services

The Resident Support Worker is an important role in supporting the needs of residents in the Home. Working collaboratively with the CCA’s to support the activities of daily living, while supporting residents’ physical and emotional needs. The RSW is responsible to the Team Lead RN or LPN in the Care Area. They are assigned to work throughout the home and provide extra support to the care area they are working in. The RSW is a team player, who is resident centered in their role. They are adaptable to changes of environment and needs that arise during the day. A good work ethic, initiative, and ability to meet the physical demands in a fast pace environment is essential in this role.

Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Answer call bells
  2. Assist with mealtimes
  3. Assist residents with eating and drinking
  4. Assist with setting up and cleaning up from meals
  5. Bed making
  6. Spotting resident transfers
  7. Tidying bedrooms
  8. Assist residents to and from activities 
  9. To promote and maintain the safety of residents, staff, and visitors at all times
  10. Regular check ins with residents
  11. Review Life Plans in residents charts
  12. Support residents with activities or needs  
  13. Duties as assigned by the Team Lead RN or LPN

Training Provided on Site

  • General Orientation
    • Resident Safe Lifting and Handling Training
    • Assistance with Dining Training
    • Heimlich Maneuver Training 

Position Specific Competencies

  • All interactions, care delivery and presentation of self to others is congruent with the Mission, Vision and Core Values (Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Safety)
  • Role modelling our core values at all times
  • Resident Centred philosophy of care
  • Strong professional communication skills
  • Self- awareness
  • Participates well in a team
  • Contributes to a positive environment
  • Adaptable and Flexible
  • Self driven: shows initiative
  • Contributes to a culture of safety
  • Professional Presence


  • Grade 12 Completion
  • Diploma in social services, human services considered an asset
  • Experience working on long term care, or with seniors considered an asset
  • Experience working in customer service / hospitality considered an asset