Occupational Therapist

US-NE-Omaha
1 month ago
Job ID
2017-1963
# of Openings
1
Category
PACE Pathways

Overview

Provides clinical occupational therapy evaluation and treatment for Immanuel Pathways program participants, on acute, restorative or maintenance levels as needed by Participant Center, Nursing Home or in-home setting.  Integrates the occupational therapy treatment plan into Interdisciplinary Team plan of care.  Assists in the ordering, inventory, distribution and maintenance of durable medical equipment for participants. Supports and lives out Immanuel’s Mission and CHRIST Promises.

Responsibilities

 

 

Key Areas

Key Responsibilities and Duties of the Job

70% Participant Care and Therapy

  • Conducts an initial in-person comprehensive occupational therapy assessment on all Immanuel Pathways participants upon enrollment and coordinates with the Interdisciplinary Team on a Plan of Care for each participant.
  • Conducts an in-person reassessment minimally every six months or as needed.
  • Evaluates participant’s needs.  Follows-up with participants during treatment, explaining precautions to take.  Discusses condition and treatment plans and recommends solutions to participants care problems with Interdisciplinary Team.
  • Administers treatment program per physician instructions.  Clarifies physician’s treatment instructions.  Confers with Interdisciplinary Team on participants care issues.
  • Carries out accepted principles and practices of occupational therapy for prevention of functional decline, sensory and cognitive limitations, increase or maintenance of strength and endurance, and provides treatment to increase self -care skills.
  • Evaluates charts and reports on participant’s progress, documents occupational therapy notes in the participant’s medical record. Fulfills Immanuel Pathways charting and reporting requirements.
  • Constructs or provides orthotic and adaptive equipment as needed.
  • Conducts assessment and coordination of home modification program including installation of equipment and other changes to support independence and safety.
  • Provides evaluation/treatment on acute, restorative and maintenance levels to participants.
  • Functions as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT).  Maintains regular attendance at, and participates in team meetings; communicates participant changes, collaborates on plan of care decisions and coordination for twenty-four (24) hour care delivery.
  • Assists as liaison with Immanuel Pathways nursing home and assisted living staff regarding occupational therapy needs of participants who are their residents.
  • Educates participants and family members in proper care and use of various supports and exercise programs and use of durable medical equipment at home.
  • Trains family members, other caregivers and Immanuel Pathways staff in methods to maximize safety and functional abilities in performing Activity of Daily Living (ADL) skills.
  • Assists with data collection and prepares reports.  Maintains any necessary participant statistics.

15% Compliance

  • Recommends occupational therapy policies and procedures concerning services provided.  Maintains quality assurance program, safety, environmental and infection controls.
  • Acts within the scope of his or her authority to practice.
  • Maintains department in a clean and orderly manner.  Keeps equipment in good working condition according to manufactures recommendations.
  • Follows all Immanuel Pathways policies and procedures, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety guidelines.
  • Protects privacy and maintains confidentiality of all company procedures, results and information about employees, participants and families.
  • Implements Exposure Control Plan
  • Complies with Emergency Preparedness Plan
  • Uses proper lifting and push/pull techniques; uses gate belt assistance on participant transfers
  • Participates in and supports Quality Improvement Initiatives
  • Complies with state appropriate Home Health Licensure regulations for home care.

5% Staff Management

  • Performs initial and annual competencies on, and evaluates the performance of the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.
  • Performs competencies on appropriate direct care staff as needed.
  • Ensures that the job responsibilities, authorities, and accountabilities of direct reports are defined and understood.

5% Other

  • Performs other duties as required or requested.
  • Participates in continuing education classes and any required staff and training meetings. 
  • Maintains professional affiliations and any required certifications.

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS

Education-

  • Graduate of an occupational therapy curriculum accredited jointly by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association or other equivalent organizations approved by the Secretary.
  • Be eligible for the National Registration Examination of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Experience-

  • One (1) year experience working with the frail or elderly population required. 
  • Two (2) years of appropriate experience as an occupational therapist and have achieved a satisfactory grade on a proficiency examination conducted, approved, or sponsored by the U.S. Public Health Service (does not apply with respect to persons initially licensed by a State or seeking initial qualification as an occupation therapist after December 31, 1977).

Other Requirements-

  • Must have medical clearance for communicable diseases and up-to-date immunizations before having direct participant contact.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and have means of transportation.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Skills i.e. Health Care Level Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); Automated External Defibrillator (AED); First Aide (FA).

KSA- Knowledge Skills and Abilities-

  • Knowledge of the scopes or practices of occupational therapy and speech/language pathology related to geriatrics.
  • Knowledge of safety requirements
  • Skilled in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with participants, co-workers, medical staff, and the public
  • Skilled in identifying and recommending problem resolution
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Ability to chart via Electronic Health Records

Proven experience and basic computer proficiency (internet, email, Microsoft Office)

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