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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

Recognizing Service

On June 12th the RK MacDonald Nursing home was proud to recognize the many years of dedicated service provided by our employees.

Chair of the Board Camilla Benoit (left) and CEO Terry MacIntyre (right) present Kim MacDonald her 30 Years Award

Chair of the Board Camilla Benoit (far left) and CEO Terry MacIntyre (far right) present Joanne Vacheresse (left) and Fran Bowie (right) their 10 Years Service Award

Chair of the Board Camilla Benoit (far left) and CEO Terry MacIntyre (far right) present Laura Young (left) and Camille Berkvens (right) their 15 Years Service Award

Lee Kelly, Director of Clinical Services (far left) and Chair of the Board Camilla Benoit (center) present Robert MacArthur (left), Joanne Taylor (right), and Lori Barkhouse (far right) their 25 Years Service Award

Assistant Director of Clinical Services Michelle Tinio (far left), Chair of the Board Camilla Benoit (left), and Lee Kelly, Director of Clinical Services (far right) present Carolyn White (right) her 30 Years Service Award

Director of Environmental & Food Services Mark Chisholm (left) and Chair of the Board Camilla Benoit (center) present Jacqueline Delorey her 30 Years Award