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Position Summary:

Is responsible for the planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of the physiotherapy services provided to residents. Manages a caseload of residents with a wide variety of complex needs.

The physiotherapist works with residents to identify and improve their movement and function in order to achieve the highest level of independent function. The mission, vision and values of the Home provide the direction for the provision of physiotherapy services.

Core Competencies:

  • Accepts responsibility for decisions made and for achieving the expectations of the Physiotherapist’s role in the organization.

  • Communicates effectively with residents, coworkers, managers, families and volunteers.

  • Displays attitudes in work performance that are in keeping with the mission statement and are resident focused.

  • Works cooperatively and respectfully with others to further the values and mission of the organization.

  • Participates in continuous quality improvement by seeking ways to improve resident care and service delivery.

  • Demonstrates ability to adapt to change by taking responsibility for self learning, receptive to new ideas and willingness to try new methods and approaches.

  • Demonstrates respect and caring by accepting others values and opinions, displaying compassion and empathy, protecting the integrity and confidentiality of others.         


  • Assesses and provides treatments to residents using core physiotherapy skills.

  • Interprets and analyses clinical and non clinical information to form an accurate diagnosis and prognoses in a wide range of highly complex conditions, to recommend the best course of action and to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

  • Organizes designated resident caseload effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities and use of time.

  • Works with residents, caregivers and families to develop treatment goals.

  • Monitors, evaluates and modifies treatment in order to measure progress and  ensure effectiveness of interventions and to ensure a high standard of evidence based clinical and professional practice is maintained.

  • Conducts seating assessments for the Red Cross specialized equipment program.

  • Coordinates with outside agencies to secure assessed equipment needs for residents.

  • Participates in resident care conferences.

  • Delegates appropriate case load to Physiotherapy assistant providing appropriate supervision.

  • Responsible for equipment used in carrying out physiotherapy duties, ensures the safe use of equipment by others through teaching, training and supervision of practice.

  • Maintains accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date documentation in keeping with legal and professional standards.

  • Communicates effectively and works collaboratively with medical, nursing and other disciplines to ensure delivery of a coordinated multidisciplinary, resident focused service.

  • Consistently follows high standards of infection control practice especially with reference to hand hygiene and aseptic techniques.

  • Is an active participant in the Falls and Injury Prevention Program and conducts ongoing resident fall risk assessments.

  • Consults with and advises the Director of Resident Care on all concerns related to resident care.

  • Maintain accurate monthly statistics. Prepare annual departmental report.


  • Graduate of an accredited School of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy

  • Current registration with the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapy

  • Experience in gerontology an asset

Other Requirements:

  • Good general health which allows for the ability to attend work on a regular basis      

  • Excellent rapport with the elderly

  • Must have a good attendance record

  • Good personal hygiene

  • Personal police record check clearance and negative Vulnerable Sector Check

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Organized and able to set priorities in a constantly changing work environment.

  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with residents, family, staff and other members of the health care team.

  • Must be a highly motivated independent worker


  • Knowledge of and implements the Mission statement and Core Values of the Home

  • Ensures residents are cared for safely and with dignity following departmental policies and procedures.

  • Practices and promotes occupational health and safety

Continuing Education Responsibilities:

  • Attends in-services and educational/training sessions for self development

  • Attends compulsory CPR, fire safety and WHMIS training as required

  • Attends and participates in departmental staff meetings

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