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HEALTH CARE ASSISTANT JOBS

Health Care Assistants (HCA), also known as Community Health Workers, Home Support Workers, Community Care Assistant and Care Aides, are dedicated, frontline care providers serving patients and clients in a variety of settings including acute care, long-term care, home and community settings.

In this role, you will provide personal care assistance and services in a caring manner that recognizes and supports the unique needs, abilities and backgrounds of clients and their families. You will promote and maintain their health, safety, independence, comfort and well-being.

HCAs are dedicated members of a health care team in a variety of settings with direction and supervision from regulated health care professionals.

Areas of Care

Acute Care | Community Home Health | Long-Term Care | Group Home Options | Hospice/Palliative Care

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Responsibilities of a HCA

As a Health Care Assistant, you will promote and maintain the health, safety, independence, comfort and well-being of individuals and families. Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Helping individuals, families and communities develop their capacity and access to resources, including health insurance, food, housing, quality care and health information
  • Facilitating communication and client empowerment in interactions with health care/social service systems
  • Helping health care and social service systems become culturally relevant and responsive to their service population
  • Helping people understand their health condition(s) and develop strategies to improve their health and well being
  • Helping to build understanding and social capital to support healthier behaviors and lifestyle choices
  • Delivering health information using culturally appropriate terms and concepts
  • Linking people to health care/social service resources
  • Providing health services, such as monitoring blood pressure and providing first aid
  • Making home visits to chronically ill patients, pregnant women and nursing mothers, individuals at high risk of health problems and the elderly
  • Translating and interpreting for clients and health care/social service providers

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3 Reasons to become a Health Care Assistant

Competitive Earning Potential

Due to the high demand for workers in the healthcare industry, careers in healthcare are some of the most well-paying options available. Plus the more training and expansive your skills set is, the higher your pay will be.

You Can Live & Work Anywhere In B.C.

Almost every region of the province has a strong demand for HCAs, meaning that you can live and work almost anywhere in British Columbia once you receive recognized training and register as a Health Care Assistant. There are very few fields that offer such widespread career opportunities as the healthcare field.

Graduate and start working in 7 months

Health Care Assistant training program duration varies from school to school, but an average time range is seven months. Most HCAs graduate and register to start working in less than a year. If you’re ready to take the first step towards becoming a Health Care Assistant, check out these recognized HCA training programs in British Columbia.

How To Apply

Steps to an exciting career:

Candidates must have their BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry number in order to be successful.

In order to practice as a health care professional in British Columbia, you must be registered with the appropriate statutory body at the time of application. If you are not currently registered in B.C., please see our Professional Registration page to direct you to the various regulatory bodies.

Meet the Team

“After being retired for eight years, I felt the need for another purpose in my life. I knew that I wanted to give back and make a difference, so at the age of 55 I went back to school to take the Health Care Assistant Program – one of the best decisions I have ever made,” shares Jan, Community Health Worker (CHW). “I am continuously learning, and I am so grateful that my line of work allows me an endless supply of new knowledge. As a Health Care Worker, I feel that we can make a tremendous difference not only for our client’s overall well-being, but also in creating peace of mind for their family members.”

Community Health Worker (CHW), Wendy specializes in palliative care and enjoys her role of supporting clients in their homes. She finds it both rewarding and a privilege to be with someone at the end of life. She feels supported in her role, and well equipped to support clients in the Community. Wendy takes takes the opportunity to attend workshops and applies what she learns to her everyday work. “The information I learn at workshops is helpful in the client approach and the care we provide.”

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