Director, Rehabilitation Services

Apr 8, 2024

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POSITION: Director, Rehabilitation Services
DEPARTMENT: Walking Stick Rehab

As a member of the Leadership Team, the Director of Rehabilitation Services, either an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist provides the day to day management of the Walking Stick Rehabilitation services operation and its personnel and provides a vital link between the Rehabilitation Services department and its personnel and the leadership team. Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Rehabilitation Services is responsible for the overall management and delivery of services of the department. The essential functional areas of responsibility include the provision of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy services to the Residents of the RK MacDonald Nursing Home, and provide educational in-services to the families and staff. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Core Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the Director of Rehabilitation Services, as a partner in the provision of care and support of our Residents, represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.

1. Effectively manage the Walking Stick departmental budget ensuring that the annual budget is not exceeded

  • Monthly review of annual budget and implementing corrective action as appropriate
  • Oversees submission of departmental payroll
  • Annual review of equipment / supplies
  • Purchasing, ordering, stock and inventory control
  • Capital equipment procurement

2. Coordinate the provision of Walking Stick departmental services that are Resident centered and that support and reflect the Mission, Vision and Values of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home. This will involve a yearly process of developing, reviewing, evaluating, revising and implementing

  • Departmental policies and procedures
  • Departmental goals and objectives
  • Ensure Standards of Practice that comply with operating requirements, relevant legislation, professional licensing bodies
  • Weekly Resident Priority Setting

3. Effectively manage the human resources within the Walking Stick department

  • Coaching, mentoring and empowering staff
  • Weekly review of schedules
  • Monitors sick leave, overtime and vacation scheduling
  • Annual Performance Reviews of Staff
  • Arrange annual staff 360 degree feedback of Director
  • Responsible for the recruitment of new staff
  • Responsible for the discipline and conflict resolution
  • Reviews Union Contracts to ensure departmental compliance
  • Monthly staff meeting

4. Ensure the orientation and ongoing education of departmental staff including development and continuing education

  • Annual WHMIS
  • Annual Person in Protected Care
  • Annual Emergency Plans Exercise
  • Orientation to Student Volunteers
  • Reviews Walking Stick staff education goals at monthly meetings
  • Provide in-servicing as a component of staff orientation program

5. Accountable for the safety and risk management of the Walking Stick department

  • Investigate and trend Resident fall reports
  • Completion of monthly Safety Reports
  • Monitoring Safe Resident Lifting and Transfer Procedures
  • Equipment Audits
  • Co-Chair Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee

6. Communication :through personal behavior and interactions, will consistently demonstrates a humanistic, affiliative approach to relationships:

  • Attends Monthly Walking Stick Meeting
  • Attends Senior Leadership Meetings
  • Meet with families to discuss areas of concern
  • Supports Walking Stick staff to attend weekly Care Conferences

7. Continuous Quality Initiatives

  • Responsible for the Facility Continuous Quality Improvement Plan
  • Establishes and directs systems for measuring and improving the quality of Walking Stick services
  • Provides annual Safe Lifting and Transferring In-services for CCA staff

8. Participates in Committees/teams as required

  • Represents Walking Stick staff on Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee
  • Supports Walking Stick staff on the Dementia care Team
  • Supports Walking Stick staff on Incident Trending Team

9. Leadership Roles

  • A – Role Models the RK’s Core Values
  • B – Attend Monthly Senior Leadership Team Meetings
  • C – Actively participates on the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee

Other Duties

  • Assume the Walking Stick duties as identified in the Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy job description.
  • Other duties as requested by the CEO

Educational Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy or Masters of Science in a related field from an accredited University
  • Registered member of the provincial college
  • Current membership of a national professional agency – with active participation in professional activities preferred
  • Certificate or Diploma in Leadership Development an asset
  • Certificate or Diploma in Dementia Education an asset

Experience Required

  • Minimum of 3 years recent experience in a Long Term Care setting and/or Community
  • Previous management experience an asset

Competencies & Skills Required

  • Demonstrate good communication skills, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to organize, develop and initiate ideas and programs
  • Commitment to working in an interdisciplinary approach
  • Demonstrated physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Good Attendance and Work Record.
  • Conflict Resolution Training Skills

Leadership Competencies Required

  • Leading Others as demonstrated by the ability to establish focus, to provide motivational support, fostering teamwork, empowering others.
  • Managing Change as indicated by the ability to demonstrate support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve the organization’s effectiveness
  • Managing Others as demonstrated by the ability to work with others to coach and mentor them to develop their capabilities
  • Managing Performance as demonstrated by ability to take responsibility for one’s own or one’s employee’s performance by setting clear goals and expectations, tracking progress against goals, ensuring feedback and addressing performance issue promptly.
  • Communication as demonstrated by the ability to ensure that information is passed on to others who should be kept informed as well as the ability to express oneself clearly in conversations and interactions, in writing and to be able to plan and deliver conversations that have an impact and persuade their intended audience.
  • Interpersonal Awareness as demonstrated by the ability to notice, interpret and anticipate others concerns and feelings and to communicate this awareness empathetically to others
  • Influence Others as demonstrated by the ability to gain others’ support for ideas, proposals, objectives, projects and solutions
  • Building Collaborative relationships as demonstrated by the ability to develop, maintain and strengthen partnerships both internal and external to the facility
  • Customer Service Orientation perspective as demonstrated by the respectful, positive manner in which one responds to expressed concerns and the strong desire to find resolution and meet people’s needs
  • Information Gathering as demonstrated by the ability to identify information needed to clarify a situation and using skillful questioning to draw out information from reluctant sources
  • Thinking abilities including analytical, forward, conceptual and strategic abilities to enable one to tackle a problem, anticipate implications and consequences, find effective solutions and planning for the future direction of the Home
  • Initiative to identify what needs to be done and take action before being asked or the situation requires it
  • Results oriented to enable one to focus on the desired results, sets challenging goals and meeting or exceeding them
  • Thoroughness as demonstrated by ensuring that one’s own work, the work of employees and all information collected and shared is complete and accurate. Ensuring that commitments are fulfilled
  • Decisiveness as demonstrated by the ability to make difficult decisions in a timely manner
  • Self Confidence
  • Stress management
  • Personal Credibility
  • Flexibility

Safe Work Practices / Responsibilities

The R.K MacDonald Occupational Health and Safety Home Policy establishes employee expectations for working safely. To achieve these expectations employees at all levels of the organization must adhere to Core Values of Safety and Safety Responsibilities listed below:

  • Demonstrate leadership commitment.
  • Communicate hazards and controls.
  • Conduct inspections & investigations.
  • Provide Training / Communicate / Lead / Coach.
  • Provide necessary tools / equipment / PPE.
  • Monitor Compliance to SOPs & SWPs.
  • Enforce disciplines & Discipline as required.

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 favourable 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.