Physical Therapy Assistant

UnityPoint Health Sioux City, IA

Physical Therapy Assistant

Unity Point at Home

Full-Time, 40 Hours/ Week

Monday- Friday, 8a-5p, Hours may vary some days depending on work


* Ensures quality and safe delivery of services to patients according to care plan. Uses equipment and supplies safely, effectively, and efficiently.

* Consistently utilizes a patient-centered approach considering physical, psych/social, spiritual, educational, safety and related criteria appropriate to the age of the patients served in assigned service area.

* Treats patients/clients to relieve pain, develop or restore function and maintain maximum performance.

* Directs and aids patients/clients in active and passive therapeutic exercises, muscle reeducation, gait and functional training, transfer activities, and prosthetic training.

* Utilizes physical agents including heat, cold, water, electricity, ultrasound and massage.

* Observes and reports to the physical therapist and organizational personnel patient/client reaction to treatment and any changes in patient/client condition.

* Instructs patient/family/caregivers in care and use of wheelchairs, braces, crutches, canes, and prosthetic or orthotic devices.

* Provides patient, family, and/or caregiver education and information pertinent to diagnosis and safety issues.

* Participates in case conferences, in-service programs and other meetings required ensuring coordinated and comprehensive care.

* Maintains accurate and timely documentation of clinical records and time/travel entries.

* Delivers quality care consistent with Home Health Conditions of Participation, qualifying home care criteria, payor coverage criteria, and providing visits/treatments consistent with the plan of care.

* Conducts clinical review of record to include multi-disciplinary review, coordination of care, provided in conjunction with visits and documentation.

* Identifies risk for acute hospitalization and proactively prevents adverse events.

* Assists in the promotion of services and products.

* Maintains regular and consistent attendance at work.

* Behaves in a manner consistent with Mission, Vision, Values and Expectations for Excellence.

* Maintains compliance with OSHA, Accreditation Standards and Risk Management guidelines.

* Maintains compliance with Personnel policies and procedures.

* Behaves in a manner consistent with all Corporate Compliance policies and procedures.

* Performs other duties as requested by Clinical Manager to facilitate the smooth and effective operations of the organization.

* Meet or exceed agency established benchmarks, e.g. quality outcomes, patient satisfaction, productivity, and documentation lock down requirements.

* Achieve certification in Integrated Care Management within 1 year of hire. Certification includes completing the Integrated Care Management formal training session, successfully completing assigned computer based-learning modules within 2 weeks of training, and a competency evaluation. Use the Integrated Care Management philosophy, skills, tools and documentation in clinical practice. Demonstrate competency in selected ICM skills annually.

* Employee is responsible for completion of communication tasks and activities in a timely manner. This would include, but is not limited to: responding to email, voicemail or telephone messages, promptly, accurately, and professionally; attending staff meetings as scheduled or viewing videotapes of those meetings; asking questions of team members and supervisors when needing clarification about various day-to-day issues or patient needs; and reviewing employee communication pieces, to stay aware of UnityPoint at Home programs and initiatives.



* Graduate of State Board approved program for Physical Therapy Assistants and valid license as a Physical Therapy Assistant.

* CPR Certification.

* Integrated Care Management (ICM) certification or successful completion of certification within one year of employment.

* Valid Mandatory Reporter course completion by state(s) requirement

* Strong computer skills.

* Strong interpersonal skills.

* Ability to work as a collaborative team member.

* Ability to understand and apply guidelines, policies and procedures.

* Valid licensed driver with automobile insurance in accordance with state and/or organizational requirements.

* Knowledge of rehabilitation principles and practices including the ability to carry out the procedures in the home.


All staff are expected to participate in appropriate continuing education. You are required to complete:

* Mandatory Reporter: Child & Dependent Adult Abuse

* Integrated Care Management (ICM)

* CPR: Maintain a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider Card with Re-certification.

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