Working within an Interdisciplinary Care Team setting, the Occupational Therapist promotes and maintains the functional status, physical mobility and well-being of the participants, both in the PACE Center and at home, if needed. He/she conducts assessments, and provides treatments, teaching and counseling. The Occupational Therapist assists other PACE staff to support restorative care in both the PACE Center and in the home setting.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Using all information sources available, assesses participants’ physical mobility and restorative potential.
2. Completes assessments at admission and for routine care planning according to regulatory requirements and as condition changes indicates.
3. Determines participant and family needs related to function and physical mobility.
4. Confers with participant and family to identify participant goals and expectations.
5. Coordinates with the Interdisciplinary Team to develop a comprehensive care plan for each participant.
6. Assesses participant’s home environment and makes recommendations for adaptations to improve independence and/or enhance safety.
7. In coordination with the Interdisciplinary Care Team, plans and performs therapeutic interventions designed to keep the participant in the community to enhance the quality of the participant’s life to the greatest extent possible.
8. Provides individual therapy for participants as needed or prescribed in the care plan to increase or maintain strength, range of motion, endurance, and dexterity in the upper extremities.
9. Assesses and provides treatment to improve perceptual-motor deficits, facial weakness, sensory deficits, and cognitive limitations.
10. Provides treatment to increase self-care skills, including bed mobility, feeding, hygiene, grooming, dressing, transfer ability, communication, and homemaking, as needed.
11. Carries out accepted principles and practices of occupational therapy for prevention of deformities and functional decline, and supports improved function whenever possible.
12. Instructs participants, family members and other caregivers regarding the occupational therapy and rehabilitative procedures according to individual care plans.
13. Constructs or arranges for orthotic and adaptive equipment, as needed
14. Facilitates continuity in care management through communication and education with related agency providers and caregivers.
15. Instructs family caregivers, and caregivers from home care and home health agencies, for therapeutic continuity.
16. Instructs caregivers (staff and informal) in proper body mechanics for safety and improved participant mobility.
17. May participate in inter-agency meetings, as needed.
18. Facilitates or participates in family meetings, support groups, and family caregiver meetings, as required.
19. Ensures that the Home Care Coordinator is informed of care plan changes related to mobility, durable medical equipment, orthotics or home modifications.
20. Assists in providing orientation and in-service programs for Care Team to enhance staff understanding of mobility, activities of daily living and other occupational therapy issues, meet regulatory requirements and support performance improvement.
21. Coordinates with medical equipment and orthotics providers to arrange appointments and share pertinent information.
22. Coordinates with home modification program for installation of equipment and other changes to support independence and safety. Ensures the proper ordering, labeling, and maintenance of durable medical equipment and other devices.
23. In cooperation with the Quality Improvement Coordinator, participates in the quality management program to support continued performance improvement.
24. Completes and ensures completion of documentation of clinical services, reviewing medical records for continuity and completeness.
25. Participates in quality studies according to the quality plan.
26. Participates in committees that support performance improvement.
27. Develops and maintains occupational therapy standards.
28. Assists the Quality Improvement Committee in developing and implementing appropriate plans of action to correct identified deficiencies.
29. In conjunction with the Program Director, reviews occupational therapy policies, procedures, manuals, job descriptions, etc., at least annually, and participates in making recommended changes.
30. Participates in completing assessments in electronic medical records, as required. Maintains a current record of participants treated.
31. Assists in standardizing the methods in which occupational therapy will be accomplished.
32. Maintains communication with families and participants.
33. Assumes the authority, responsibility, and accountability of directing the occupational therapy service.
1. Serves on, participates in, and/or attends various committees of the program, as required.
2. Provides written and/or oral reports of the occupational therapy programs and activities, as required.
3. Evaluates and implements recommendations from established committees as they may pertain to occupational therapy services.
1. Makes recommendations regarding the staffing needs of the Occupational Therapy Department necessary to meet the needs of participants, including number and level of personnel.
2. Assists in the recruitment and selection of competent occupational therapy personnel.
3. Provides guidance and training for new and/or less experienced personnel.
4. Develops work assignments and schedules duty hours for occupational therapy staff, as needed.
5. Makes appropriate reports to the team as required or as may be necessary, including departmental performance evaluations.
6. Maintains an excellent working relationship with the medical professionals and other health-related facilities and organizations.
7. Creates and maintains an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest, and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the department.
8. Meets with and solicits advice from other departments concerning occupational therapy, and assists in identifying and correcting problem areas and/or the improvement of services.
1. Develops and participates in programs designed for in-service education, on-the-job training, and orientation classes for newly assigned personnel. (Includes maintaining appropriate recordkeeping requirements of when classes were held, subject matter, attendance, etc.)
2. Participates and assists in departmental studies and projects as assigned or that may become necessary.
3. Attends and participates in workshops, seminars, etc., to keep abreast of current changes in the healthcare field, as well as to maintain a professional status.
SAFETY AND SANITATION:
1. Assists in developing safety standards for the Occupational Therapy Department.
2. Assures that therapy personnel, residents, visitors, etc., follow established departmental policies and procedures at all times, including appropriate dress codes.
3. Is alert for participant safety precautions at all times.
4. Ensures that therapy personnel follow established infection control procedures and universal precautions when performing duties.
5. Assures that the therapy area is maintained in a clean and safe manner for participant comfort and convenience by assuring that necessary equipment and supplies are maintained to perform such duties/services.
6. Follows procedures for reporting hazardous conditions or equipment.
7. Assists in identifying and classifying departmental procedures that involve exposure to blood or body fluids. Updates as necessary.
EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLY FUNCTIONS:
1. Provides necessary material/equipment for participants to perform required therapy.
2. Recommends to the Center Manager the equipment and supply needs of the department.
3. Develops and implements procedures for the safe operation of all occupational therapy equipment.
4. Ensures that all personnel operate occupational therapy equipment in a safe manner.
5. Develops and implements procedures that ensure occupational therapy supplies are used in an efficient manner to avoid waste.
CARE PLAN FUNCTIONS:
1. Develops occupational therapy plans for individual participants in coordination with the Interdisciplinary Team.
2. Reviews the occupational therapy needs of each participant admitted to the program, and assists the Interdisciplinary Team with planning for the participant’s care.
3. Participates in the development and implementation of care plans, including reviews as required.
BUDGET AND PLANNING FUNCTIONS:
1. Prepares and plans the occupational therapy budget and submits recommendations to the Administration for his/her review, recommendations, and/or approval.
1. Must work the days and hours necessary to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks. Must be available (especially during regular business hours or shifts) to communicate with supervisors, customers, vendors and any other person or organization with whom interaction is required to accomplish work and employer goals.
2. Must be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines, beginning and ending assignments on time, and scheduled work breaks, where applicable.
3. Must maintain courteous, professional and effective working relationships with employees at all levels of the organization.
4. Must develop and maintain courteous and effective working relationships with clients, vendors and/or any other representatives of external organizations.
5. Must assume responsibility for providing timely, appropriate responses to requests/suggestions/complaints or refer such comments to the appropriate person. When referring requests/suggestions/complaints to another individual, the employee must follow-up in writing to the individual and must maintain an accessible copy of the referral, or follow company guidelines.
6. Must communicate information and state problems or challenges to be resolved in a clear, concise, courteous, nondiscriminatory, and professional manner, and be able to provide clarification, as necessary.
7. Must show respect for the opinions of others and behave in such a way as to ensure an atmosphere free from needless interruptions, difficulty and/or discrimination.
8. Must receive and provide clear, constructive feedback regarding work performance (to/from individuals or groups) and be able to clarify, as necessary.
9. Must handle in a constructive, non-disruptive manner, the multiple business, organizational and interpersonal changes or stresses that may exist in the employee’s work, work processes, dealings with other personnel, and supervision (provided or received). (“Work processes” include but are not limited to, how work is performed, supervised or distributed; how problems are solved; and how decisions are made.)
10. Must be sufficiently adaptable to accept and perform, in a timely and effective manner, work assignments that are outside the normal (day-to-day) routine.
11. Must adapt, with minimal or no advance notice, to changes in how business is conducted and work is accomplished.
12. Performs related duties as required. (“Related duties as required” are duties that may not be specifically listed in the class specification or position description, but are within the general occupational series and responsibility level typically associated with the employee’s class of work.)
a. Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited college or university
2. Credentials/Licensure Required:
a. Must possess a current Delaware Occupational Therapist license
b. Must have a driver’s license
a. Must have a minimum of two years experience in a therapist capacity in a hospital, skilled nursing care facility, or other related medical facility, working with the frail elderly
b. Home care experience and experience working with cognitively impaired seniors preferred
c. Must have training in rehabilitative and restorative therapy practices
d. Working knowledge of the interdisciplinary model of care
e. Must be able to relate well with seniors and their families to deal with sensitive issues and facilitate problem solving
f. Must be flexible and able to change easily
g. Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and electronic health records preferred.
4. Age of Patients Rendered Care:
a. Adult and geriatric patients
*** Freedom from illegal use of drugs, and freedom from use and effects of use of drugs and alcohol in the workplace.
*** Persons who have been found guilty by a court of law of abusing, neglecting or mistreating individuals in a healthcare-related setting are ineligible for employment in this position.
Knowledge and Skills:
1. Good analytical abilities coupled with excellent written and verbal skills to explain technical information to managers and systems users.