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Occupational Therapist - Temporary Full-Time

Posted Jul 10th, 2019 in Careers

Occupational Therapist, Falls Intervention Team

Niagara Region, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Pilot

(Casual Employment with Temporary Full-Time 6 Month Contract)

Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre is a faith based 134 bed facility specializing in rehabilitation, complex care and seniors’ health.  We take pride in providing an environment where our staff can grow professionally and personally. 

In alignment with the Mission and Values of Hotel Dieu Shaver, we are seeking an Occupational Therapist for a secondment opportunity with the Niagara Region, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Pilot.

In this role, you will be an autonomous primary health professional who works in partnership with clients and relevant others to provide safe, effective, ethical, and client-centered community based occupational therapy. These clients are identified through the 911 Niagara Ambulance Communication Center either at the time of the fall or through the Community Paramedicine Program.  The incumbent will travel throughout the Niagara Region with their Paramedic partner to persons who have sustained a fall from standing/ground level and provide on-site assessment and care.

This position will help clients of all ages who have limited abilities establish, develop and/or maintain the ability to complete daily functions and tasks while focused on reducing slips, trips and falls.  As a member of a multidisciplinary team, the Occupational Therapist is to provide assessments, treatment recommendations and community referrals to persons who have sustained a fall. 

Main Responsibilities:

  • Provides comprehensive assessments, assist with treatment, recommendations and community referrals to persons who have called 911 after a fall where there is no information to indicate there are any priority symptoms requiring transport to the emergency department. 

  • Assesses patient to determine their strengths and weaknesses, cognitively/perceptually, physically and psycho emotionally.  Determine influences of the environment on the individual including evaluation of the environment.  Interpret data to determine plans to support discharge planning where appropriate. 

  • Refers to appropriate community agencies necessary to support falls prevention.

  • Provides education to patients and families regarding activities of daily living, home programs and adaptations to work/leisure, etc to prevent future falls.

  • Completes full clinical documentation and input statistical information related to all patient activities that meet departmental, provincial and professional standards of practice and documentation policies.

  • Participates in the development and evaluation of new and current programs.

  • Participates in community liaison and system planning activities through committee membership related to falls prevention

  • Provides assistance when Paramedic is required to lift patients using appropriate lifting techniques and supplied lifting devices designed to decrease and encourage as little effort as possible. 

  • Other job duties as required.


The successful candidate will possess:
  • A Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent is required.

  • Hold a current General Practicing Certificate in good standing from the College of Occupational Therapist of Ontario.

  • ADP Authorization required.

  • A minimum of two years’ experience in as an occupational therapist in a rehabilitation setting.

  • Previous experience in a community setting is required. (i.e. home care, home visits etc.)

  • Knowledge of local resources and referral pathways for continued health support.

  • Knowledge of core reasons for falls, particularly in the geriatric community.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in applying the principles of falls prevention.

  • Knowledge and skills in providing occupational therapy assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with mobility issues.

  • Knowledge of common medications and diseases that contribute to falls, environmental assessment and community resources.

  • Must have a working knowledge of the legislation governing the practice of Occupational Therapy.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of evidence-based practice.

  • Must possess the ability to operate a computer to perform data entry/retrieval and work processing functions. Experience with Clinical Connect an asset. May also be required to operate a GPS navigation system.

  • Must possess English language verbal communication skills sufficient to understand and communicate detailed instructions, directions and procedures clearly to patients and families.

  • Must possess English language literacy skills sufficient to complete and review patient assessment and treatment reports.

  • Must possess human relations skills sufficient to develop effective therapeutic relationships with patients and their families and to develop and maintain positive working relationships with other members of the health care team.

  • Must be a critical thinker and have the ability to use logic and reasoning during problem solving.

  • Must have proven ability to perform the physical requirements of the position including the ability to lift a minimum of 15kg.

  • In accordance with the Niagara Region Corporate Criminal Record Check Policy, the position requires the incumbent to undergo a Criminal Records Check and submit a Canadian Police Clearance Certificate prior to starting this assignment. The incumbent will be responsible for the cost of this clearance.

If you are interested in serving our community in an environment of holistic and compassionate care and would like to join our team, we invite you to submit your resume and cover letter.


Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre
Human Resources Department
541 Glenridge Avenue
St. Catharines, ON L2T 4C2

Fax: (905) 687-3228

Email: recruit@hoteldieushaver.org

Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request throughout the recruitment process.     

We thank all applicants for their reply and advise that only those under consideration will be contacted by the Human Resources Department.