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Physical Therapist Job Purpose: Restores patient’s function, alleviates pain, and prevents disabilities by planning and administering medically prescribed physical therapy.
Physical Therapist Job Duties:
- Meets the patient’s goals and needs and provides quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; determining physical therapy treatment plans in consultation with physicians or by prescription.
- Helps patient accomplish treatment plan and accept therapeutic devices by administering manual exercises; instructing, encouraging, and assisting patients in performing physical activities, such as nonmanual exercises, ambulatory functional activities, and daily-living activities and in using assistive and supportive devices, such as crutches, canes, and prostheses.
- Administers physical therapy treatments by giving massages; initiating traction; applying physical agents; utilizing hydrotherapy tanks and whirlpool baths, moist packs, ultraviolet and infrared lamps, and ultrasound machines; directing treatments given by aides, technicians, and assistants.
- Evaluates effects of physical therapy treatments and fit of prosthetic and orthotic devices by observing, noting, and evaluating patient’s progress; recommending adjustments and modifications.
- Completes discharge planning by consulting with physicians, nurses, social workers, and other health care workers; contributing to patient care conferences.
- Assures continuation of therapeutic plan following discharge by designing home exercise programs; instructing patients, families, and caregivers in home exercise programs; recommending and/or providing assistive equipment; recommending outpatient or home health follow-up programs.
- Documents patient care services by charting in patient and department records.
- Maintains patient confidence and protects hospital operations by keeping information confidential.
- Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
- Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
- Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs.
- Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
- Develops physical therapy staff by providing information; developing and conducting in-service training programs.
- Complies with federal, state, and local legal and professional requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating future legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.
- Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
Skills/Qualifications: Physiological Knowledge, Health Promotion and Maintenance, Creating a Safe, Effective Environment, Motivating Others, Legal Compliance, Quality Focus, Bedside Manner, Clinical Skills, Pain Management, Persistence, Energy Level
Position: Occupational Therapist
The Occupational Therapist plans and provides occupational therapy services to the clients in our Adult Day Health Club in accordance with the Plan of Care and AGENCY policies and procedures. The Occupational Therapist performs functions which require substantial specialized knowledge, judgment and skill based upon the principles of psychological, biological and social services and must be able to make judgments accordingly. The Occupational Therapist reports directly to the Director of Patient Care Services.
Description: Professional and Personal:
1. Have graduated from an 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
2. Is eligible for the National Registration Examination of the American Occupational Therapy Association; or
3. Have two (2) years of appropriate experience as an occupational therapist, and have achieved a satisfactory grade on a proficiency examination conducted, approved, or sponsored by the U.S. Public Health Service, except that such determinations of proficiency do not apply with respect to persons initially licensed by a state or seeking initial qualification as an occupational therapist after December 31, 1977.
4. Have demonstrated professional behavior and appearance.
5. Possess good interpersonal communication skills.
6. Possess and maintain good physical and mental health, including current TB testing (refer to Health Screening policy).
7. Possess U.S. Citizenship or evidence of a valid Alien Work Permit.
8. Demonstrate ability to exercise independent judgment.
9. Demonstrate ability to function in an unstructured home setting.
10. Possess knowledge of principles and practices of occupational therapy.
1. Assist the physician in evaluating level of function.
2. Participate in the development of the Plan of Care.
3. Perform occupational therapy procedures, evaluations and diagnostic tests on clients for whom therapy has been medically prescribed.
4. Prepare clinical and progress notes.
5. Advise, consult, and teach appropriate treatment procedures and supportive activities to clients, family members, and other AGENCY staff
6. Translate all exercises into functional activities or activities of daily living.
7. Develop needed plans for modifying equipment, appliances and the physical surroundings in client’s home.
8. Confer regularly with attending physician regarding client’s progress. Report the physical and emotional conditions and reactions to treatment and interpret social and physical factors in the environment that affect cue.
9. Interpret to the client and family the implications of the treatment consistent with the actions and wishes of the physician.
10. Provide families with information, support and encouragement to help motivate them in their progress.
11. Assist individuals and families to accept and adjust positively to physical, mental and social limitations.
12. Teach basic principles of good posture and body mechanics in relation to changing needs of individuals in all age groups.
13. Maintain necessary records for client care documentation.
14. Plan for coordinated service for individuals by consulting with other professional workers through care conferences.
15. Communicate effectively with all members of the interdisciplinary tem.
16. Provide advisory and consultation services to staff.
17. Demonstrate rehabilitation procedures and supportive activities on selected clients to the nurses responsible for follow‑up services.
18. Participate in the educational program of new staff and students in the area of practice.
19. Participate in service programs.
20. Participate in the development of community resources to meet the needs of clients.
21. Interpret the role of occupational therapy in the home care program to the community.
22. Serve on the Clinical Record Review Committee.
23. Perform other related duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary.
24. Submit all clinical and progress notes within 72 hours after completed visit by fax or regular mail delivery.
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