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Job #069 Live-in Caregiver/Companion required by woman in Leaside area of Toronto

Toronto • Ontario • Full-time • Salary is based on experience • Accommodation provided as is a vehicle

A kind and experienced Caregiver/Companion is required by a  Toronto couple with an informal and friendly home in Leaside. The position involves caring for a woman in her late 50’s who suffered a stroke, has aphasia and some mobility issues as a consequence. The person would work in conjunction with the woman’s husband to provide care, companionship and quality of life for a person who is otherwise in good health. The position is full-time, permanent and Toronto-based. There is the potential for travel on occasion. There is a cat and a dog. Vehicle is provided as is a happy and welcoming home environment.

Position Title: Full-Time, Caregiver/Companion

Location: Toronto-based in Leaside area

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Caregiver/Companion's Responsibilities:
  • The Caregiver/Companion will care for the health and companionship needs of the Principal

  • The individual will work in conjunction with the Principal’s husband, PSWs and a cleaning lady

  • The Principal’s husband is very involved in his wife’s care and seeks a right hand for assistance

  • Sharing the responsibility to drive to appointments, outings, visits to friends, etc.

  • Tidying the home to include some light housekeeping (there is a cleaning lady), laundry and errands that include grocery shopping

  • Accompanying the Principal to medical appointments either alone or with the principal’s husband

  • Monitoring other caregivers as they come and go and being able to report on their suitability

  • Encourage, assist and champion the Principal to practice techniques learned at physiotherapy 

  • Good home cooking is a definite asset

  • Assisting with bathing, although the Principal is 90% able to accomplish bathing, dressing and grooming on her own

  • Engaging the Principal in activities that are of interest and stimulating such as playing a game of cards or enjoying a movie, making tea, planning and preparing meals together, etc..

  • Liaising regularly with the Principal’s husband and coordinating calendars

  • Assist Principal and spouse in managing and administering Principal’s medications

  • The Principal uses a rollator for walking and a wheelchair for longer distances or trips to the mall. The wheelchair requires lifting and some assembly.

  • She manages stairs, but spotting to ensure safety is required

  • There is a dog and a cat. The dog enjoys daily walks.

  • There will be occasions when the Caregiver/Companion is left alone with the Principal. They will be responsible for the overall care of the Principal during such occasions.

  • Conducting errands on an as needed basis

  • Willingness to travel on occasion is an asset

  • Answering the telephone and taking accurate messages

  • Schedule is fluid and will be rectified by way of days in lieu

  • This job profile is dynamic and subject to change

  • Many of the above responsibilities are shared with the Principal’s husband

Skills and Aptitudes:
  • Clean criminal record 

  • Driver’s license is a strong asset (ideally G-Level)

  • Applicants should be confident driving in the city

  • Caregiving experience is important

  • Being able to perform home cooking is an asset

  • Not afraid to ask questions is important

  • Applicants should be kind, patient and understanding

  • Employ common sense when faced with an emergency and call the husband or another emergency contact if in doubt

  • Willingness to work as the right hand to the Principal’s husband

  • Creativity and new ideas are encouraged. Fresh perspectives are welcomed.

  • Discreet with a respect for privacy

  • This is a non-smoking home

  • Must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement


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