Physical Therapist/PT - PRN
Home Health Care
Home Health Care Physical Therapist/PT plans and provides physical therapy services to clients in their homes in accordance with the Plan of Care and Agency policies and procedures. The Physical Therapist performs functions that require substantial specialized knowledge, judgment, and skill and must be able to make judgments accordingly.
Required Experience for Physical Therapist/PT:
- Education and/or Experience: Graduate of a Physical Therapy program approved by the American Physical Therapy Association, the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association, or the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the American Physical Therapy Association.
- Has a current license/registration as a Physical Therapist in the state(s) of practice.
- Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in health care field.
- Home care experience preferred. Current CPR certification.
- Language Skills: 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.
- Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
- Reasoning Ability: 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.
- Other: Licensed driver with automobile insured in accordance with state/Agency requirements. Reliable transportation with good driving record.
Primary Responsibilities for Physical Therapist/PT:
- The Home Health Care Physical Therapist/PT performs physical 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.
- Completes comprehensive assessments including OASIS data set within forty-eight (48) hours of referral for speech therapy services unless other arrangements are made.
- Develops a therapy care plan to provide direction to other health team members involved in the plan of care. Reviews and updates per Agency policy and client need.
- Documents all findings, plans, interventions, and outcomes and submits documentation to the Agency within seven (7) days or per Agency policy.
- Home Health Care Physical Therapist/PT 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.
- 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.
- Home Health Care Physical Therapist/PT 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 Physical Therapist/PT 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 Physical Therapist/PT 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.