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Community Support Services Student Placement

Welcome to our Community Support Services Student Placement Program!

This opportunity lets SSW students make a meaningful impact on the lives of older adults facing various challenges, including depression, social isolation, loneliness, dementia, cognitive memory impairment challenges due to stroke, brain trauma, or injury.

Our program also supports clients and families dealing with end-of-life and those coping with bereavement. Acclaim Health invites you to become a part of our Community Services Student Placement Program! Here’s your chance to gain valuable experience while making a positive difference in the lives of older adults.


Position Highlights

Practicum Position: Community Support Services Client Placement Student
Supervisor: Program Care Managers
Work Setting: In-person, 1:1 Client Case Management in clients’ homes
Location: Oakville & Burlington
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Lunch Break: 1 hour, per practicum day, scheduled
Practicum Schedule: Practicum Days, hours, and dates are according to the college schedule.

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If you have any questions, please contact Tanya Peché-Hopley, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at [email protected] or 905-827-8800 ext. 2329 or 1-800-387-7127 ext. 2329


Position Highlights

  • Provide support to older adults living with challenges including depression, social
    isolation, loneliness, dementia, and cognitive memory impairment.
  • Learn to complete an intake for new clients.
  • Learn to asses client abilities, create care plans, and promote independence, value,
    and connection.
  • Identify and create engaging activities to uplift and engage clients.
  • Gain insights into cognitive and physical challenges in older adults, including those
    due to stroke, brain trauma, or injury.
  • Provide case management visits with clients with support from the placement
  • Participate in additional educational opportunities.
  • Work independently with the support of a fantastic team and organization!


  • Great experience for future work
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Independent position with the ability to tailor your learning
  • Company phone and laptop supplied during placement
  • Opportunities to attend additional training courses (dementia, hospice, bereavement support**
  • Welcoming, supportive, and professional staff and colleagues

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Work towards fulfilling client/family-centered goals.
  • Visit and provide support to individual clients as assigned.
  • Communicate concerns to the Care Manager and identify appropriate resources.
  • Implement instructions from the Care Manager to meet client/family needs.
  • Participate in ongoing client safety education and optional training sessions.
  • Foster open communication with the healthcare team and maintain client confidentiality.
  • Document within the client information management system, AlayaCare.
  • Adhere to program policies and procedures.
  • Participate in self-evaluation and program evaluation.
  • Research potential community partners, social programs, and activities as needed.
  • Assist with research, collect and organize needs-based information for programs and services for further program development.
  • Attend staff meetings and events and assist the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator with volunteer recruitment and training if needed.
  • Special older adults’ projects and any other tasks assigned by the supervisor.

Important note: Duties and/or tasks may be modified during the placement period based on readiness level and performance but will follow college learning contracts and expectations.

** The Volunteer Engagement Coordinator will assign training opportunities per program duties assigned.


  • Two personal references
  • Access to own transportation – personal transportation only (mileage reimbursed at $0.53/km)
  • Computer literacy utilizing MS Office software applications, Word, Outlook, Teams, Excel and PowerPoint, and Zoom.
  • Independent, creative, open communication
  • Good time management and prompt follow-up in communication
  • Comfortable with remote supervision


  • Mature, responsible, self-motivated, and adept at problem-solving
  • Highly motivated
  • Warm and caring
  • Dependable and trustworthy
  • Confident in maintaining boundaries
  • Thrives as an independent self-starter
  • Comfortable with remote supervision
  • Highly responsible and adaptable
  • Ensuring a professional and positive representation of Acclaim Health in the community.
  • Easily relate to clients, caregivers, and family members, and maintain a consistently professional business dress.

Join us in making a difference in the lives of older adults and shaping your future in social services!

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