POSITION SUMMARY: Occupational Therapy goals are to restore and maximize function, facilitate activities of daily living after disabilities have occurred in order to prevent further restrictions of function and to help the client reach his/her maximum performance level within the limits of his/her capabilities. The Occupational Therapist evaluates and treats patients using medically prescribed occupational therapy programs.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
- Makes evaluation visits. Notifies assigned Clinical Team Manager of OASIS scores within established timelines. Notifies appropriate team members of evaluation and general plan for follow up.
- Performs an initial, comprehensive assessment which includes but is not limited to the patient’s eligibility for home care services in accordance with third party payer regulations, an accurate reflection of the patient’s current health status, review of all medications the patient is currently using, an environmental assessment which includes physical, social and mental status, identified needs and potential to reach treatment and discharge goals.
- Documents observations, clinical findings, problems, skilled interventions/treatments, goals and discharge plans.
- In consultation with the assigned Clinical Team Manager, initiates and regularly re-evaluates and revises the plan of care.
- On an on-going basis, documents observations, clinical findings, problems, skilled interventions/treatments, goals and discharge plans.
- Assesses the need for the services of other team members (RN, PT, ST, MSW, and HHA).
- Provides and documents skilled care, interventions/treatments on all visits (includes skilled observation of the patient’s condition, skilled care, medical procedures or treatments performed and teaching of the patient and/or family). * Utilizes appropriate evaluation tools for planning and administration of programs as well as evaluating treatment effectiveness and equipment, in accordance with physician’s orders.
- Considers the patient’s own needs and goals, conditions, and environment and coordinates with ancillary services when planning treatment goals.
- Follows established standards for point of service technology, documentation, and synchronization.
- Uses agency provided telecommunication devices (i.e. cell phone, voice mail, and pager) according to established guidelines.
- Submits weekly visit schedule of assigned patients. Collaborates with Clinical Team Manager(s) to address scheduling needs.
- Performs resumption of care, transfers, and discharges as requested by the assigned Clinical Team Manager.
- Submits all documentation according to agency established time frames.
- Meets established productivity standards.
- Attends and actively participates in the clinical team multidisciplinary patient conference. When attendance is not possible, provides appropriate input on assigned patients.
- Demonstrates and consistently utilizes established clinical competencies.
- Seeks out and maintains skills and knowledge relevant to rehabilitation in the home care setting. * Plans a treatment program to develop or restore function through cognitive/perceptual retraining, facilitation/inhibition techniques, muscle re-education, developmental motor plan, coordination exercises, transfer training with ADL’s, joint protection techniques.
- Plans a treatment program to maximum performance and safety through environment adaptation, use of appropriate adaptation aid, setting up of ADL home program based on identified needs and customary clinical practice standards.
- Instructs patient and family in home programs to be continued in the therapist’s absence
- Graduate from an occupational therapy curriculum accredited jointly by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
- Current California registration by the AOTA.
- Minimum of two years experience as an Occupational Therapist. Prefer experience and interest in gerontology and home care.
- Current California driver’s license and automobile insurance.
- Current CPR Certificate.
- Demonstrates willingness and ability to work with electronic input and telecommunication devices.