Louis Brier Home & Hospital and Weinberg Residence
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
The Louis Brier Home and Hospital is home to the Jewish Aged of Vancouver and is the only Jewish long-term care facility west of Winnipeg. In accordance with the mission of The Louis Brier Home & Hospital and the Weinberg Residence, the Chaplain will manage the Pastoral Care Program within the framework of Jewish ethics and values. As a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team, the Chaplain will be responsible for the coordination of the provision of religious and spiritual support to residents, their families, and staff. The Chaplain will also provide ongoing counseling, guidance, and education to residents, families and employees as it relates to supporting and facilitating spiritual expression and care.
Located in the Oakridge area of Vancouver, B.C., Louis Brier Home and Hospital is a 215 bed accredited residential facility situated next to the Weinberg Residence which is home to 40 assisted living and 20 private pay complex care, residents. Our mission at Louis Brier Home & Hospital/Weinberg Residence (LBHH/WR) is to provide exemplary care to residents and families within a supportive and caring community, consistent with Jewish values and traditions. As part of our resident and patient care focus, we value every resident’s right to be involved in decisions about their care, and we value families’ participation in decisions affecting their loved ones. Resident and employee safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at LBHH/WR, and as such the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position. As innovative leaders in eldercare, our vision is to enrich the quality of life of Jewish seniors in everything we do.
Provides Supportive Spiritual Care
Develops spiritual care relationships with residents and their families in order to provide individualized support
Will be a consultative resource as it relates to resident programs with spiritual care content
Responds to referrals to provide individual spiritual support to residents and families
Provides or arranges pastoral care support for all residents, fellow staff members, and care providers
Provides support and grief and bereavement counseling for residents, families, companions, and staff
Considered a resource in conflict resolution/ crisis intervention/critical incident stress debriefing
Conducts an ongoing spiritual assessment of residents to determine individual needs – which may also be used as an evaluative tool for programs and services offered
Acts as a liaison to families to communicate organizational policies and decision making (eg. MAiD)
Refers to internal and external resources as appropriate
Assists families with decision making and communication regarding family and spiritual issues
Serves as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team
As a front-line worker, the chaplain may be asked to participate in medical rounds and resident care conferences, offering insight and perspectives on the spiritual status and needs of residents.
Works collaboratively with Palliative Care Team and others as appropriate to provide end of life care for residents and their families
Documents information pertinent to holistic care in a resident’s chart
Performs lifecycle transition activities
Assist and counsel residents and families as they prepare for end of life or late-stage living
Participates in onsite memorial services
Participates/attends in funerals as appropriate
Educates the healthcare team, residents and the community by providing training, education, and support
Provides support as needed to community religious representatives and congregation members
Collaborates with the Recreation Manager regarding recreation or volunteer-based programs that enhance the spiritual care provided to the residents.
Provides educational resources to staff regarding new methods and ideas related to the provision of spiritual care programs
Liaises with the affiliated religious denominations and their programs of visiting and worship services
The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
CAPPE or ACPE Certification as Specialist in Pastoral Care
Members of either NAJC (Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains) or CASC (Canadian Association for Spiritual Care) or both.
Post-secondary education in counselling, psychology, social work, and/or theology
A foundation in the Jewish faith is preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Demonstrate excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
Possess exceptional counseling, and problem-solving skills
Be skilled in conflict resolution, crisis intervention and critical skill debriefing
Understand and relate to residents and families with disparate spiritual, religious, and cultural experiences and preferences
Knowledge of and ability to work with the geriatric population, in particular those with cognitive deficits, mental health issues and health related challenges
Knowledge of and ability to work with residents and families with sensitive historical backgrounds, eg. Holocaust survivors.
Ability to work collaboratively within a diverse and vibrant interdisciplinary team
Ability to keep confidential all matters discussed and follow PHIA (Personal Health Information Act) requirements
Demonstrate an understanding of Jewish culture
Interested applicants please forward your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Louis Brier Home and Hospital
Welcome to the Louis Brier Home & Hospital
Our mission at the Louis Brier Home & Hospital is to provide exemplary care to you and your family within a supportive and caring community, consistent with Jewish values and traditions. As innovative leaders in eldercare, our vision is to enrich the quality of life of Jewish seniors in everything we do.
Our values are encapsulated in the word CHAI – Hebrew for “Life”
We tailor our approach to meet your unique needs in consultation with both you and your family, and we treat everyone with compassion and respect. We value the cultural and ethnic differences people bring to the residence, and we provide opportunities for our staff, volunteers and companions to develop their knowledge and abilities.
Health and Safety
The ensured health and safety of our residents, employees and everyone who uses the residence is of paramount importance. We strive to create a positive work environment, free from harassment or bullying, and we share the responsibility for injury prevention with our employees and contractors.
We are effective stewards of public and donated resources. We measure the impact of our work and report regularly to our residents, families, directors and funders. We constantly strive to improve our performance through both innovation and research-based best practices.
We value every resident’s right to be involved in decisions about their care, and we value families’ participation in decisions affecting their loved ones. We communicate openly and constructively and deal with difficult issues in a timely and ethical manner.
At the heart of what matters to you
The Louis Brier Home & Hospital is located in the Oakridge area, at the heart of Vancouver’s Jewish community.
Our campus of care is located within a short stroll of the Oakridge Centre, the Jewish Community Centre, the shops of Kerrisdale and VanDusen Botanical Gardens, to name just a few nearby attractions.
The Louis Brier Home & Hospital is very much a community within a community, and we strive to give you as much choice as possible over matters affecting your day-to-day happiness and fulfillment. Our community is one that provides the comforts of home with the additional support of 24-hour nursing care. It’s where quality of life meets quality of care.
Our mission is nothing short of providing exemplary care to both you and your family within a supportive and caring community, consistent with Jewish values and traditions.