PRN Home Health Care Occupational Therapist
The Occupational Therapist provides services to home care clients in accordance with the Plan of Care. Services are provided under the direction of the attending physician with participation of the family and other members of the interdisciplinary team, as indicated.
Required Experience for Occupational Therapist:
- Graduate of an accredited occupational therapy curriculum, accredited jointly by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association; or eligible for the National Registration Examination of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
- Possesses current registration or license as required by state(s) of practice.
- Has a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in a health care facility or equivalent experience.
- CPR certification.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
- Licensed driver with automobile insured in accordance with state/Agency requirements. Reliable transportation with good driving record.
Primary Responsibilities for Occupational Therapist:
- Home Health Care Occupational Therapist performs Occupational therapy assessments, diagnostic tests, skilled procedures, and ongoing evaluation for clients who are receiving services under a medically approved Plan of Care.
- Completes initial assessments within forty-eight (48) hours of referral unless other arrangements are made.
- Documents all findings, plans, interventions, and outcomes and submits documentation to the Agency within seven (7) days or per Agency policy.
- Communicates plans and changes to the physician and to the client Case Manager and other caregivers through the care plan, progress notes, and participation in care conferences.
- Communicates changes in schedule and physician orders to the office on the day the changes are made.
- Implements teaching appropriate to the client's needs and within the context of his/her environment and learning ability.
- Home Health Care Occupational Therapist assesses knowledge level of client and identifies learning needs.
- Plans, teaches, supervises, and counsels clients about their physical therapy needs to promote improvement or recovery, symptom management of disease process, and community resources.
- Evaluates the effectiveness of the teaching plan and establishes care plan for others to follow in teaching the client.
- Attends and actively contributes to interdisciplinary team or other required meetings.
- Shares areas of expertise among and between teams. Initiates interdisciplinary referrals.
- Participates in discharge planning and documents this in client record.
- Assists in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the ongoing quality improvement process.
- Serves on the Clinical Record Review Committee.
- Uses OASIS assessment tool and outcome reports to improve therapy services and client outcomes.
- Participates with interdisciplinary team to assure consistency in data collection methods.
- Promotes personal safety and a safe environment for clients and coworkers.
- Demonstrates knowledge of safety/infection control practices by compliance with agency policies and procedures.
- Recognizes and responds to potentially unsafe situations.
- Demonstrates safe practice in the use of equipment.
- Assesses safety of environment and takes initiative to help prevent accidents and promote safety.
- Supervises applicable home care team members.
- Home Health Care Occupational Therapist performs in-home supervision of home health aides and physical therapy assistants as directed and according to Agency policy.
- Evaluates employee performance and provides timely reviews as delegated.
- Performs other related duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary.
- Performs job in compliance with Agency policies and procedures and professional and community standards.
- Home Health Care Occupational Therapist provides services in accordance with applicable state, federal, CHAP, and JCAHO standards.
- Attends meetings and required educational programs.
- Accepts responsibility for personal and professional development and identifies learning/developmental needs to supervisor.
- Work toward continual improvement of the overall organization.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
General Working Conditions:
This position entails standing for long periods of time. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to communicate effectively with others, sit, stand, walk and use hands to handle keyboard, telephone, paper, files, and other equipment and objects. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. This position requires the ability to review detailed documents and read computer screens. The employee will occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The work environment requires appropriate interaction with others. The noise level in the work environment is moderate. Occasional travel to different locations may be required.