Continuing Care Assistant Program

What is a CCA

A Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) is an individual who provides assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) to individuals of all ages in a variety of practice settings, for the purpose of promoting holistic health and independence. A CCA provides direct care and support services (ADL/IADLs) to people of all ages; enriching their quality of life. 

A CCA holds provincial certification from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (DHW). A Certified CCA has completed all education components of the CCA Program from a licensed education provider and has passed the Certification Exam. 

CCA Certification is the education required for entry to practice to work as a direct care and support service provider in most DHW Continuing Care funded service providers.  CCA Certification is the education requirement for Care Team Aide (CTA) position in the acute care environment.  Although the scope of employment may vary from employer to employer in general a Certified CCA’s role in Continuing Care follows the Generic Job Description and the Certified CCA’s role as a CTA follows the CTA Role Profile.  Both of these documents can be found on the CCA Role Profile page listed under Related Links to your right.

A CCA has the ability to:
  • Provide client-centered care 
  • Communicate clearly and professionally using a variety of communication media  
  • Use appropriate aseptic safeguards
  •  Apply environmental safety and security measures  
  • Provide appropriate personal care  
  • Provide care setting management duties  
  • Use proper body mechanics  
  • Prepare, cook, and serve meals according to Canada’s food guide and based on individual’s needs  
  • Recognize common chronic illnesses 
  • Respond and/or seek appropriate help when any change in individual’s condition occurs  
  • Respond appropriately to the physiological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual needs of individual’s across the life cycle  
  • Identify community services available locally, provincially, and nationally  
  • Promote healthy lifestyle choices and illness prevention  
  • Provide person-centered care within Scope of Practice and as a member of the health care team
  • Demonstrate appropriate, respectful, and professional behaviour  

For information on gaining CCA Certification go to Becoming CCA Certified.