Summary & Objective
The Assistant, Occupational Therapy is responsible to provide direct and indirect occupational therapy services primarily on a visiting and intermittent basis in the patient’s home in accordance with the policies and procedures of Catholic Home Health Services.
- Provide therapy services planned, delegated and supervised by the qualified Occupational Therapist in accordance with the patient’s Plan of Care (POC).
- Assist in the implementation of vocational/education programs and activities established by registered Occupational Therapist designed to restore, reinforce, and enhance task performances, diminish or correct pathology, and to promote/maintain health and self-sufficiency.
- Design/adapt equipment and working and/or living environment. Fabricate devices to assist and improve function and independence and participation in the program and/or community where possible.
- Provide therapeutic treatment and instruction to patients as directed by the qualified Occupational Therapist and in accordance with physician orders to improve/restore strength, coordination, range-of-motion and function or teach compensation measures.
- Report information and observations to Occupational Therapist and/or Clinical supervisor, document observed information in patient records and prepares clinical notes. Assist with preparation of progress reports.
- Apply concepts of agency’s infection control plan and universal precaution in coordination/performing client cares activities to protect both patient and staff (OSHA).
*Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
- Instruct patients and family members regarding home programs as well as care and use of adaptive equipment.
- Participate in care coordination and discharge planning activities and act as a resource to other health care personnel in meeting patient's needs.
- Design community reintegration activities, as appropriate, to assist the client in the physical reconditioning effort, and/or the psychological adjustment and coordinate the plan with members of the interdisciplinary team.
- Complete appropriate documentation in a timely manner to assure compliance with agency policy.
- Demonstrate commitment and professional growth by participating in in-service programs and maintaining/improving competency.
- Maintain the highest standards of professional conduct in relation to information that is confidential in nature. Share information only when recipient's right to access is clearly established and sharing of such information is in the best interest of the patient.
- Meet mandatory continuing education requirements of the agency/licensing board
- Maintain your required licenses, certifications and mandatory skill updates.
- Comply with all policies, local, state and federal laws and regulations.
- Provide other duties of healthcare team member
- Perform other duties as assigned
- May serve as an interim leader depending on need
- Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and push/pull up to 250+ pounds, walk, climb stair or ladders, stand on feet for extended periods of time, etc.
The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.
CHS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Knowledge & Experience Requirements
- Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy required.
- Clear and Active Professional license to practice in the state of Florida.
- CPR certification.
- 1-2 years clinical experience preferred.
- 1-2 years of experience with a Medicare Certified Home Health agency preferred.
- Knowledge of AHCA regulations, Medicare COP’s guidelines required.
- Must have knowledge of computer office/clinical software.
- Must be able to read, write and understand the English language.