Employees

The Community Care and Assisted Living Act and the Assisted Living Regulation set out operators’ responsibilities to promote and protect residents’ health and safety in assisted living residences.

Operators have a responsibility to:

  • Ensure that the employees they hire have the training, experience and qualifications they need to provide services and protect and promote the health and safety of residents
  • Ensure there is a staff plan in place and all appropriate checks are done before hiring
  • Review each employee’s performance regularly to ensure they understand their duties and are demonstrating the necessary competence to do their job well; and
  • Contracting agencies need to do so as well with their contracted staff

A staff plan:

  • Identifies a sufficient number of employees, adequate for the setting, number of residents, capabilities of residents and the hospitality services and assisted living services provided
  • Outlines for each position - the duties and responsibilities and experience, training, skills and other qualifications that the employee must have
  • Before hiring, operators need to obtain
    • A criminal record check by the Criminal Records Review Program of the Government of BC, as specified under the Criminal Record Review Act (not checks by local police)
    • Character references
    • A record of the person’s work history and experience
    • Copies of any diplomas, certificates or other evidence of training and skills; and
    • Evidence of the person’s immunizations and tuberculosis test status