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Continuing Care Assistant

Job description

A Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) is an individual who assists clients by providing personal care and support services while promoting healthy and independent living in the client's home or in a long-term care facility. Most assistance is given on a one-to-one basis, which helps make this career extremely rewarding for people who enjoy helping others.

CCAs often work in long-term care. Here they provide services to clients who can no longer live safely in their own home because they may need medication management, 24-hour supervision, assisted meal service, personal car, or professional nursing. They can also work in home care, and help clients by providing the services they need to live in heir own homes as long as possible.

In both settings, CCAs can offer personal, respite and palliative care, meal assistance and household management.

Working conditions

If you enjoy spending time with seniors and those challenged by disability or illness, and are an outgoing, effective communicator and a good problem-solver, a career as a CCA may be for you. As a Continuing Care Assistant, you would recognize and embrace these qualities as you offered hands-on support. Your thorough knowledge of nutrition, household management, and physical and emotional wellness will play a vital role in fostering health and happiness in the daily lives of your clients.

Shift work and lifting are often part of life as a CCA.

Where can I take the CCA program?

  • Nova Scotia Community College
  • Private career colleges
  • Licensed long-term care facilities and home support agencies
  • Nova Scotia Work Activity Programs


  • Grade 12 GED equivalent or mature students
  • Clear Canada-wide police check
  • Able to meet the physical and mental demands of the job
  • Pass a selection interview
  • Successful completion of a recognize CCA course at an approved educational institution
  • Pass the provincial examination set by the CCL Program Advisory Committee
  • Your own transportation

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