Occupational Therapist

NHC HomeCare Cookeville, TN

OT POSITION FOR PRN

Definition:

The Occupational Therapist supervises and participates in the implementation of occupational therapeutic techniques for the rehabilitation of patients with physical disabilities, injuries, or diseases.

Line of Authority:

Director of Therapy Services, Administrator/Director of Services.

Qualifications:

* Must be a graduate of an accredited course in occupational therapy as certified by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

* Must be registered under the statutes of the state in which the occupational therapist will be practicing.

* Active member of the State and National Occupational Therapy Associations preferred.

Performance Requirements:

* Able to transfer, lift and guard patients safely with appropriate assistance.

* Able to bend, stoop, squat and lift numerous times daily (70 – 80 lbs) in the care of patients and use of equipment.

* Able to carry out fine motor skills with manual dexterity.

* Mental acuity and judgment skills to adequately and safely perform job requirements.

* Able to see and hear adequately in order to respond to auditory and visual needs and clinical indications of the patients.

* Able to learn, absorb and apply professional training.

* Able to organize work procedures, assume responsibility and tactfully supervise others.

* Able to speak in a clear, concise voice in order to communicate adequately.

* Able to read, write and edit documentation.

* Must have reliable personal transportation.

Specific Responsibilities:

* Coordinates and supervises Occupational Therapy services.

* Provides Occupational Therapy services as ordered by the referring physician and delegates appropriate portions of the treatment program to the licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant.

* Instructs the Occupational Therapy staff in their delegated functions including precautions, special problems, contraindications, anticipated progress goals and plan for re-evaluation.

* Evaluates, plans and supervises treatments and programs including the establishment of short-term and long-term goals for patients as approved by the physician with periodic re-evaluations.

* Maintains patient care records as designated by the HomeCare agency, assuring that third party reimbursement qualifications are met, as well as all state/federal requirements

* Consults with family members, physicians, and other health care professionals, as appropriate.

* Participates in inservice training for Occupational Therapy.

* Checks for safety, care and cleaning of equipment.

* Serves as Utilization Review and/or Advisory Board Member as requested by Administrator/Director.

* Conducts or contributes to occupational therapy related CQI, as requested.

* Participates in interdisciplinary conferences to maintain continuity of patient care.

* Provides Occupational Therapy services in accordance with all NHC HomeCare policies and procedures and state and federal guidelines.

* Maintains knowledge base of HomeCare occupational therapy procedures and regulations as well as professional standards through attendance at workshops, and inservices and individual research and reading.