Occupational Therapist

  • $15.00 - $20.00/hour
  • Overview

    Title of Position: Occupational Therapist
    Title of Immediate supervisor: Clinical Manager

    Risk of exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens - High

    General Duties

    Provide skilled occupational therapy service on an intermittent basis to patients in their homes in accordance with the physician's orders.

    Responsibilities

    • Assist the physician in evaluating the patient's level of function by applying diagnostic and prognostic procedures.
    • Conduct initial and ongoing comprehensive assessments of the patient’s needs, including Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) assessments.
    • Evaluate the patient's significant other(s), and the home situation to determine what instruction will be required and what family assistance will be available in caring for the patient, as well as what other Agency and community services will be required.
    • Assure that the physician's orders are appropriate and discusses necessary changes.
    • Assist in development and implementation of the interdisciplinary patient care plan to include Occupational Therapy in consultation with the physician.
    • Guide and instruct the patient in prescribed therapeutic self-care and creative activities that are directed toward improving independence and physical and mental functioning.
    • Instruct patient in care and use of wheelchairs, braces, splints, and prosthetic and orthotic devices.
    • Teach, supervise and counsel the family and patient in the total Occupational Therapy program and other related problems of the patient at home.
    • Establish goals based on the patient's current level of functioning and potential for improvement and performs re-evaluations as indicated.
    • Makes arrangement for outpatient services when procedures are required that cannot be given in the home.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy intervention and updates the patient care plan as needed.
    • Prepare clinical/progress notes on the day of the visit which are incorporated into the chart within 48 hours.
    • Communicate with the physician on a regular basis regarding patient's status, obtaining additional orders, if necessary.
    • Communicate with other team members and, when appropriate, instructs them in Occupational Therapy techniques that they may use while working with the patient.
    • Supervise the Home Health Aide per agency policy when Occupational Therapy is the only professional discipline involved in the patient's care.
    • Supervise the Occupational Therapy Assistant at least every 30 days.
    • Participate in Agency activities, in-services, and meetings, when appropriate.
    • Confirm, on a weekly basis, the scheduling of visits with the Clinical Manager in order to coordinate Agency visits.
    • Calls patient and/or patient family on a daily basis to confirm appointments the day before a scheduled visit.
    • Participate with the staff, the patient, and the physician in discharge activities and completes an Occupational Therapy Discharge Summary.
    • Assume responsibility for self-development by continually striving to improve his/her health care knowledge through educational programs, attendance at workshops and conferences, active participation in professional and related organizations and individual research and reading.
    • Assists 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

    Occupational 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 and government agencies.

    Qualifications

    • Must be a graduate of an Occupational Therapy school approved by the Council of Medical Education of the AOTA in collaboration with the Accreditation Council for The American Occupational Therapy Association or equivalent experience to the Job description.
    • Must be unencumbered license and registered by the State as a Occupational 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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