Occupational Therapist Assistant

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Purpose & Overall Duties:

  • Assists Occupational Therapist in administering occupational therapy program in Long Term Care facility for physically, developmentally, mentally retarded, or emotionally handicapped patients.
  • Assists in reporting of patient’s daily living skills and capacities to determine extent of abilities and limitations
  • Assists in planning and implementing educational, vocational, and recreational programs and activities established by registered Occupational Therapist designed to restore, reinforce, and enhance task performances, diminish or correct pathology, and to promote and maintain health and self-sufficiency

Patient Care

  • Carries out Occupational Therapist’s established plan of care for individuals or group treatment as appropriate.
  • May teach basic living skills
  • Designs and adapts equipment and working-living environment
  • Fabricates splints and other assistive devices
  • Assists in instructing patient and family in home programs as well as care and use of adaptive equipment

Documentation/ Logistics/ Patient Satisfaction

  • Completes all Medicare and company required documentation per guidelines and in a timely manner.
  • Is competent in use of a computer program for clinical documentation.
  • Prepares work materials, assists in maintenance of equipment, and orders supplies
  • May be responsible for maintaining observed information in client records and preparing reports
  • Responsible for achieving patient satisfaction, reporting and maintaining appropriate quality indicator measures for the department/ facility and complying with productivity standards set by Essential Rehab Solutions.

Supervisory time with OT/ Collaboration with Team Members

  • Reports information and observations to supervisor
  • Responsible for collaboration with other team members regarding each patient’s current status / POC as needed.

Personal Development

  • Must comply with Medicare guidelines & State requirement for licensure
  • Attend continuing education courses approved by the state and in your appropriate field with frequency according to state regulations.
  • Personal development in assuring evidence based practice in the LTC setting.

General Skills Required:

  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships- Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Training and Teaching Others –Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems – Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates – Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, email, or in person effectively.
  • Time management- Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
  • Social Perceptiveness- Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Listening- Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Performing General Physical Activities- Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Minimum Experience, Education, and Licensure:

  • Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • 1 year Preferred Experience
  • Maintain current licensure

Physical Demands:

  • Lifting from ground level, waist level, and/or overhead;
  • Standing, sitting, walking, pushing, pulling, bending, kneeling , crouching/squatting and driving
  • Must be able to lift at least 100 lbs.; Using proper body mechanics

Work Environment:

  • Location: Facility; LTC Facility Following Universal Precautions; Indoors; Outdoors if necessary
  • Climatic/Environmental Conditions: Could face various weather conditions traveling to and from job sites

The items listed above cover the principal duties of this job. This description shall not be construed as a complete listing of all miscellaneous, incidental, or similar duties that may be required of this job. This job description and job conditions are subject to change, as needed in accordance with company or client requirements.

I understand that a conditional offer of employment is being made to me conditioned upon satisfactory outcome of the drug and alcohol screen as well as necessary background screens and physical/medical examinations. I further understand that employment is at will and that there is no guarantee as to the length and duration of my employment.

Remember: This job description describes the end results we want. The actions and activities to achieve this are found in the Performance Evaluation. The attitudes, actions and activities performed by all personnel are the foundation of our Business. It starts with you!

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