PRN: Day Shift
Summary: The occupational therapist works under the general direction of the Agency policies and procedures, the Agency administrator, and the referring physician. This therapist operates under the direct supervision of the assistant administrator and/or coordinator/clinical director. The occupational therapist plans and conducts medically prescribed rehabilitation and training of physically limited and disabled patients to facilitate maximum independent functioning. The occupational therapist supervises the activities of the certified occupational therapist assistants and rehab techs, as appropriate.
Graduate of an Occupational Therapy curriculum accredited jointly by the Council of Medical Educate of the American Medical Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
1. Evaluates assigned patients regarding the extent of their physical limitations and/or disabilities, as well as their potential for rehabilitation; utilizes data obtained by interviewing patients, reviews patient records, consults with physicians and families, conducts necessary diagnostic muscle, nerve, joint, skin, and functional ability tests to identify problems.
2. Plans and develops rehabilitative therapy and treatment programs for patients in accordance with physician’s orders and personal evaluation of patient’s capabilities; consults with physicians to provide feedback and recommend modification of orders when necessary.
3. Coordinates treatment plan with other agency and contract facility team members, including physician, occupational, and physical therapist, nursing staff, speech pathologist, and social worker, as indicated. Participates in staff meetings and case reviews, as appropriate.
4. Provides training in activities of daily living (feeding, dressing, hygiene, homemaking, writing skills, transfers, and hand activities), and recommends adaptive equipment as necessary.
5. Introduces exercises and therapeutic activities to aid the patients in passive, assistive, active, and resistive movements designed to strengthen, train, and re-educate the muscles, and to improve endurance, coordination, and range of motion.
6. Evaluates and develops treatment to facilitate sensory, perceptual, motor, and cognitive skills.
7. Fabricates splints or assists in training of patients in use of upper extremity prosthetic and orthotic devices.
8. Instructs patient and/or family members on the use of therapeutic activities to be continued and maintained outside of clinical environment.
9. Maintains responsibility for patients’ well-being and safety during treatment; continually monitors equipment and supervises patient activity to avoid accidents, injury, and over-exertion; provides emergency care, as appropriate, in case of accident or injury in the form of CPR and phoning for emergency assistance.
10. Assists in the maintenance of clinical records, and maintains precise, informative, and current records of patients’ progress.
11. Participates in staff education and conducts programs regarding occupational therapy and/or activities of daily living for the physically limited and disabled patients; provides instruction or demonstration to patient and staff.
12. Provides input on supply and equipment purchases and assists with inventory control.
13. May direct the activities of Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant and Rehab Techs and provide input on performance evaluation.
14. Performs QA reviews.
15. Demonstrates satisfactory knowledge of age specific competencies.