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New Role Types on Caring Support

February 22, 2022

Caring Support is an ever-growing platform, as we want more and more members of the healthcare community to have the opportunity to join us. With that being said, we've recently added a new set of roles to our candidate portal, opening the door to a wider range of healthcare workers who are currently looking for employment in Ontario and the rest of Canada.

If you are a healthcare worker or a college student in a healthcare program, then you will benefit from learning about the new roles on the Caring Support platform. Keep reading to find out.

New Role Types on Caring Support

Medical Assistant

A medical assistant is a healthcare worker who provides support to other professionals in the field such as nurse practitioners and physicians. Their work is often defined by the type of support they provide, which is why some workers in this role are known as clinical assistants (when they work in medical clinics) or ophthalmic assistants (when they work for an optometrist), etc. These workers are not qualified to assist in complex procedures, like surgeries, but are usually in charge of tasks such as taking vital signs, preparing patients for examinations, updating medical records, and more.


The role of companions or caregivers is to support patients who require assistance in their daily lives. These healthcare workers often offer their services in long-term care facilities, where they care for residents by helping them perform physical exercises, toileting, grooming, getting dressed, and other activities. Companions and caregivers also operate mobility equipment for lifts or transfers, assist with meals and medication, and provide residents with conversation and company.

Dietary Aide

People who work as dietary aides are responsible for assisting in the preparation and serving of meals for patients. In addition, these healthcare workers set up the dining areas for meal service in nursing homes or retirement homes, serve meals to residents and perform general kitchen duties, including washing and sanitizing cooking tools and wares. To work as dietary aides, people need to fulfill academic requirements like having a certificate or diploma in Culinary Management and a certification in Food Handling Protocols. These requirements are often in place because part of their job is ensuring that the standards defined for dietary services in their workplaces are consistently met.


Healthcare workers with the title of dietitians are able to assess, plan, and coordinate the nutrition of patients with diseases like diabetes, cancer, terminal illnesses, or the elderly. Their work involves monitoring these patients and evaluating their overall health to make any dietary adjustments. To work as a dietitian in Ontario, people must be skilled in nutrition counselling and management and be registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario.


People who work as porters assist and transport patients, as well as their personal belongings and maybe even equipment to and from various locations within a hospital or medical setting. As part of their job, they need to keep open communication with healthcare specialists like nurses and physicians who are the ones who request that patients be transferred to different areas. Porters can also assist in the positioning of patients with limited mobility during procedures like x-ray testing. They can also be tasked with transporting deceased patients to the morgue and delivering lab samples and supplies.


A physiotherapist works with patients to restore their functional abilities to make independent movements such as walking on their own, reaching for things on shelves, getting dressed, etc. Their patients are often affected by diseases, injuries, old age, weight issues, and other factors. These healthcare workers are trained to work with patients from all stages of life, from children to seniors, and their methods for achieving results include exercises, massages, muscle stimulation, stretching activities, and more.

Mental Health Worker

Mental Health Support Workers are known for working with patients who have been diagnosed with mental health conditions or behavioural problems. They also provide training, coaching, and advice to patients' families, teaching them how to better support their loved ones when doing daily activities. These healthcare workers can also identify behavioural changes, developmental issues, and potentially life-threatening situations, alerting their superiors about any complications that may occur.

Child & Youth Worker

People who work as child and youth workers are responsible for coordinating educational, medical, and recreational activities in certain settings, such as community centres. These workers also provide assistance to minors who are going through legal processes, such as adoptions or home placements, often escorting them to court and similar appointments. To become a child and youth worker, people need a diploma in an academic program related to Child and Youth Work, Social Service Work, or Behavioural Sciences. Sometimes having a current First Aid/CPR Level C certificate is also required.

Social Worker

Social workers provide diverse social services depending on the settings in which they work. For instance, those who work in child welfare agencies as in charge of investigating domestic violence or child abuse cases. Those who work in academic settings help students, along with parents and teachers, with problems such as aggressive behaviour, domestic issues, and cognitive problems that affect the students’ academic performance. Those who work in community services centres provide counselling to individuals and families who are going through difficult times. This career is full of opportunities for workers to develop skills and acquire knowledge diverse in fields of their interest while helping people improve their quality of life.

Job Opportunities for the New Role Types on Caring Support

At Caring Support, we want to offer job opportunities to as many roles and occupations in healthcare as we can possibly accommodate. That's why we're constantly analyzing labour market trends to determine which roles are in higher demand and should be included in our platform.

If you or someone you know has been interested in joining Caring Support for some time now, but couldn't find the right role to do so, we encourage you to try again and see if one of the new roles types we recently added could be a better fit. We have dozens of job opportunities waiting for the right candidates, so go check them out.

On the other hand, if you are a healthcare worker currently on the platform, but under a different role type that doesn't fit your experience and qualifications, you can go ahead and update your profile to a new role, if you find the one you were looking for or one that is closer to what you do.

As a final note, remember that we will keep adding role types and working to improve the Caring Support platform to better serve the healthcare community, and to help everyone reach their employment goals.

Thank you for reading!

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Laura Woodman
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