When a family member or Client or any other person privately hires an individual to assist a Client with activities of daily living, and/or to provide companionship, Baycrest considers the privately hired individual a “Private Companion” who must be registered with the Baycrest Private Companion Program Office.
We have one comprehensive process for Private Companions who work in our nursing home and the complex continuing care units of our hospital – units 4E/W; 5E/W and 6E.
We have an abridged process for Private Companions who work in our specialized units of the hospital on 6W; 7E and 3E/W. However, if a Private Companion works on 6W; 7E and 3E/W six (6) weeks or longer then the Private Companion is expected to complete the full Private Companion Program.
If you hire a Private Companion who has already gone through the Baycrest Private Companion Registration Process the Hirer must inform the Manager of the Private Companion Program that this registered Private Companion has been hired and a Policy Acknowledgment must be properly completed, signed, and submitted to Baycrest. The Private Companion does not need to go through the other orientation steps again.
A Private Companion who has earned a Personal Support Worker or Health Care Aide designation must also follow the Baycrest Private Companion Policy because it clarifies roles and important Baycrest infection control and safety practices as well as other Baycrest policies.
A Private Companion who is also a Baycrest employee must complete the Private Companion Registration and Orientation Process because the information provided is specific to the work of a Private Companion.