Physical Therapist

  • $15.00 - $20.00/hour
  • Overview

    Title of Position: Registered Physical Therapist
    Title of Immediate supervisor: Clinical Manager

    Risk of exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens - High

    General Duties

    Provide skilled Physical Therapy services on an intermittent basis to patients in their homes in accordance with physician orders.

    Responsibilities

    • Provide initial and ongoing comprehensive assessments of the patient’s needs, including Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) assessments.
    • Establish a treatment plan in consultation with the physician and revises it with the approval of the physician as necessary.
    • Assist in development and implementation of the interdisciplinary patient care plan as it pertains to Physical Therapy.
    • Assist the physician in evaluating patients by applying diagnostic and prognostic muscle, nerve, joint and functional ability tests.
    • Treat patients to relieve pain, develop or restore functional and maintain maximum performance, using physical means, such as exercise, massage, heat, water, light and electricity.
    • Consult and familiarize staff regarding the established plan.
    • Calls patient and/or patient family on a daily basis to confirm appointments the day before a scheduled visit.
    • Confirm, on a weekly basis, the scheduling of visits with the Clinical Manager in order to coordinate Agency visits.
    • Teach, supervise, and counsel the family and patient in the physical therapy program.
    • Instruct patient in care and use of wheelchairs, braces, crutches, canes and prosthetic and orthotic devices.
    • Provide the equipment required to carry out the plan.
    • Arrange for out-patient service for procedures which cannot be given at home.
    • Record on a timely basis all evaluation data, treatments, and patient's response to therapy intervention Also records quality assurance data.
    • Prepare an assessment of the patient's condition and periodic evaluations and summaries.
    • Supervise Physical Therapy Assistants and paraprofessionals as per agency policy.
    • Record and report to the physician the patient's reaction to treatment and /or any changes in the patient's condition.
    • Communicate with the physician at least every 30 days or whenever changes occur regarding the patient’s status and obtains additional orders, if necessary.
    • Communicate with other team members (including Home Health Aides) and, when appropriate, instructs them in certain phases of physical therapy that they may use while working with the patient.
    • Write clinical/progress notes on the date of the visit and incorporates same in the patient's record within 48 hours.
    • Participate in case conferences, physical therapy staff meetings, agency activities and in-service programs as necessary.
    • Supervise the home health aide every two weeks when physical therapy is the only professional discipline involved in the patient's care and supervises the Physical Therapy Assistant at least every 30 days.
    • Participate with staff, patients, and physicians in discharge planning activities and completes a Physical Therapy Discharge Summary.
    • Assist in the Agency Admission Process
    • Obtain a medical history, particularly as it relates to the present condition.
    • Evaluate the patient, the patient’s significant other(s) and the home situation to determine what instruction will be required, what assistance will be available from the family in caring for the patient, and what other Agency and community services will be required.
    • Assure that the physician’s orders are appropriate and discusses necessary changes.

    Job Conditions

    • Hearing, eyesight and physical dexterity must be sufficient to perform a physical assessment of the patient's condition and to perform patient care.
    • Physical activities will include, walking, sitting, stooping, and standing and minimal to a maximum lifting of patients and the turning of patients.
    • The ability to access patients’ homes which may not be routinely wheelchair is required.  Hearing, eyesight and physical dexterity must be sufficient to perform a physical assessment of the patient's condition and to perform and demonstrate patient care.
    • Physical activities will include, walking, sitting, stooping, and standing and minimal to a maximum lifting of patients and the turning of patients.
    • The ability to communicate both verbally and in writing is required as frequent communication by telephone and in writing in English is required.
    • Work schedule requires flexibility.

    Equipment Operation

    Physical therapy equipment and other medical equipment will be utilized. Hand washing materials. Proper bag technique.

    Company Information

    Has access to all patient medical records which may be discussed with Clinical Manager, the Administrator, the Executive Director, and the Quality Assurance department staff.

    Qualifications

    • Must be a graduate of a Physical Therapy school approved by the Council of Medical Education of the A.M.A. in collaboration with the American Physical Therapy Association or equivalent experience to the Job description.
    • Must be unencumbered license and registered by the State as a Physical Therapist.
    • One or more years of experience in community/home health agency or in a hospital setting is preferred.
    • Must have current CPR certification.
    • Must have knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid guidelines.
    • Must have a working knowledge of home health care and the principles and techniques of professional physical therapy techniques and required documentation that pertains to it.
    • Should be skillful in the organization and in the principles of time management and have knowledge of management processes.
    • Must be able to contribute to the quality of care being rendered through constructive communication with nursing managers and staff.
    • Must pass a criminal background check.
    • Must have working experience in EMR systems.
    • Must have a valid driver’s license, valid auto insurance and be willing and able to drive to patient’s residences.
    • Must have a good driving record.
    • Must be able to work independently as well as with team members with minimal supervision.

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