Job Summary: Professional member of the home health team who, upon physician referral is responsible for evaluation, development and implementation of a course of treatment designed to restore the client to his/her maximum level of functioning. The occupational therapist assists their clients in regaining strength and confidence after injuries of illness. Thus through formulation of a treatment plan, therapy sessions and by making changes in the client?s home environment, the occupational therapist strives to improve the client?s quality of life.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
- Evaluates client?s abilities and develops and implements a treatment plan based on the evaluation that will improve the client?s functional activity
- Helps the client develop or regain physical or mental functioning or adjust to disabilities by implementing programs involving manual arts and crafts, homemaking skills, and activities of daily living
- Tests and evaluates the clients? physical and mental abilities and analyzes medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for clients
- Initiates training to increase the client?s ability to perform activities of daily living to his/her maximum potential
- Assists the client in performing his/her everyday tasks like cooking, eating, bathing, getting dressed etc. independently
- Evaluates results of occupational therapy by observing, noting, and evaluating the client?s progress; recommending adjustments and modifications
- Performs environmental design and adaptation to increase the client?s safety and independence
- Performs manual testing, therapeutic exercise, and uses physical agents of heat and cold for prevention, correction and alleviation of disease and injury
- Measures, fits and requisitions prostheses, orthopedic and adaptive devices necessary for increasing the client?s independence
- Instructs client?s, family members and caregivers on the home exercise program
- Reports pertinent changes in the client?s condition to the physician
- Completes the required forms and documentation as directed and required
- Documents clearly and accurately and submits paperwork to the office within 24-48 hours of the visit completion
- Supervises the activities of the occupational therapy assistant(OTA) and home health aides (HHA)
- Performs all of the above in accordance with applicable standards and requirements imposed by federal, state and local laws and regulations
- Participates in case conference meetings
- Adheres to infection control policies and procedures
- Demonstrates appropriate utilization of resources including billing accurately for services provided
- Acts in accordance with all the requirements imposed by JKV policies, rules and regulations
- Routinely provides assistance to clients which requires lifting, pushing and balancing the equivalent of 50 lbs. or greater
Educational, Physical, and Other Requirements:
- Employee must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations. Physical requirements may include frequent use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear. The employee may be required to lift, stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; stoop; kneel; crouch or crawl; and smell. Vision abilities may require close vision, distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
- Must be able to frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
- For the safety and security of our residents and patients, employees must be able to read, write, and verbally communicate in English, which is the most universally used language of our resident and employee population.
- Prior home health experience preferred
- Maintains current state licensure as a Registered Occupational Therapist
- Knowledge of Medicare regulations and excellent organizational skills
- Adherence to agency safety and infection control practices
- Must be flexible and capable of maintaining regular attendance
- Must meet all local health regulations and pass a pre-employment physical exam, drug screen and background check
- Have a good driving record and is able to travel extensively during all seasons
- Must have dependable transportation – You will be required to use your own vehicle for work
Customer/Guest Relations & Communications:
- Must maintain a professional, respectful, friendly demeanor with all residents, family members, guests, and staff at all times.