Occupational Therapist Full-Time
This job description is a record of the essential functions of the listed job. The job description provides the employee, Administration, Human Resources, applicants, and other agencies with a clear understanding of the job, where it fits into the organization, and the skill and work requirements in relation to other jobs. Jobs are always changing to some degree and the existence of the approved job description is not intended to limit normal change and growth. The company will make reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified individuals who are capable of performing the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
The position involves patient care for a population of patients between the ages of 13 and 100+. Age specific experience and/or special training and/or expertise is required to serve this population.
POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
At least 20% of time must be used for the following functions:
- Assigning patient care activities to professional and non-professional personnel.
- Supervising and evaluating work performance based on the highest standards of efficiency and professional ethics.
- Interpreting responsibilities and SNF policies to therapy personnel
- Assures that occupational therapy intervention is based on physicians' orders and in accordance with standard practice guidelines.
- Oversees the maintenance of the therapy records (medical, personnel, accounting, billing, etc.)
- Assures the availability of supplies and equipment
PRIMARY THERAPY RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provides screenings and evaluations to determine requirements for skilled occupational therapy intervention relative to residents' prior level of function. This includes, but is not limited to the following areas: ADL(activities of daily living, including dressing, bathing, grooming, bed mobility, functional transfers, hygiene issues, self feeding, meal preparation, home management tasks, etc.), range of motion, strength, positioning (seated or in bed), contracture management, conducting home assessments, discharge planning, development of maintenance programs and other related resident care issues.
- Develops and implements treatment plans that focus on functional and measurable outcomes and adheres to professional standards of practice.
- Maintains appropriate patient schedules as per established guidelines.
- Provides documentation to maintain quality of the medical records, as it relates to reimbursement guidelines, accuracy of billing information and facility requirements .
- Participates in patient, family and facility meetings as appropriate.
- Follows administrative policies and procedures related to emergency procedures, infection control and safety.
- Coordinates and or participates in training programs for facility staff, residents, families and rehabilitation staff.
- Initiates new program development with focus on functional outcomes to improve the quality of life of the people residing in the facility.
- Participates in continuous quality improvement activities .
- Establish and implement restorative nursing programs, as necessary, in conjunction with restorative nursing department efforts to provide appropriate comprehensive care to the resident.
- Refer residents' to appropriate discipline (PT, ST, nursing, etc.) as necessary, to ensure the most appropriate care is provided to the residents.
- Successful completion of an accredited Occupational Therapy Program
- Valid license to practice in appropriate State
- Effective written and verbal communication skills
- Effective leadership and customer relationship skills
- Ability to exercise mature judgment with initiative in analyzing and solving problems
DEMANDS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF WORK, EQUIPMENT USAGE, AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
PERCENTAGE OF WORK TIME 1-33%
- Lifting / Carrying
- Pushing / Pulling
- Climbing (Ascending/descending)
- Bending / Stooping
- Using arm muscles frequently or for extended periods
- Using leg muscles frequently or for extended periods
- Using back muscles frequently or for extended periods
LIFTING REQUIREMENTS - Individuals in patient care positions are required to lift a patient with or without assistance.
- 2-10 Pounds
- 11-20 Pounds
- 21-30 Pounds
- 31-40 Pounds
- 41-50 Pounds
- 51 Pounds or more
- Working in hot, cold, wet surroundings
- Working outdoors
- Working with or near chemicals
- Working near radiation sources
- Potential exposure to communicable diseases
- Working with hazardous waste materials
- Utilizing essential upgraded or adaptive equipment as industry standards require
- Using hand tools
- Operating vehicle
- Potential for cuts and bruises
PERCENTAGE OF WORK TIME 34-67%
PERCENTAGE OF WORK TIME 67-100%
EXCHANGE OF IDEAS
- Ability to express or exchange ideas.
- Ability to understand communication of others with or without adaptive devices.
- Ability to perform basic math.
- Ability to read at an elementary level.
- RESULTS ORIENTATION - Meets current objectives and positions the organization for future growth. Completes daily tasks and assignments and processes large volumes of work associated with the operation of the department.
- SOCIAL SENSITIVITY - Builds positive relationships based on respect for others. Demonstrates a helpful, positive attitude. Maintains effective communication with peers, medical staff, patients, visitors, and families
- QUALITY OUTCOMES - Meets and exceeds expectations of internal and external customers. All organizational and departmental standards regarding quality of performance are met. Demonstrates a strong commitment to confidentiality. Participates in quality improvement programs as directed.
- SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT - Demonstrates an awareness of and adherence to safety and legal requirements established at the facility with an emphasis on maintaining a safe environment for all persons working in the facility.
- Accident/Injury Reporting - Reports any accidents, injuries, and unsafe equipment and conditions to supervisor by the end of the shift and reports any pre-existing conditions as identified by the ADA.
- Unsafe Conditions - Immediately reports and corrects, if possible, unsafe conditions or equipment.
- Workplace Standards - Compiles with relevant regulations, standards and policies governing safe workplace environment (OSHA, JCAHO, etc.)
- Safety Techniques - Maintains current knowledge of all aspects of the facility's safety program by attending safety-related training as mandated upon hire and thereafter as required by facility.
- Modified Work - Accepts modified work assignments after receiving the physician's release to return to work following an accident/ injury.
- Follows Prescribed/Recommended Treatment - Follows the prescribed/recommended treatment given by treating physician(s) after an accident/injury.
- EDUCATION - Participates in required inservice and educational programs on an ongoing basis.
- ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY - Follows all facility guidelines outlining standards of attendance and punctuality. Responsible for reporting to and completing work at assigned times.
Universal precautions will be observed in order to prevent contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials. Under circumstances in which differentiation between body fluid types is difficult or impossible, all body fluids shall be considered potentially infectious materials. All blood or other potentially infectious materials will be considered infectious regardless of the status.