Provides effective and efficient evaluation of patients referred to the rehabilitation department and acute units. Administers appropriate occupational therapy treatment to restore function and prevent disability following disease or injury. Assists patients to attain their maximum level of functional independence within home and community. Conducts home assessments. Conducts community reintegration outings for inpatients for inpatients.
JOB SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES
Conducts thorough and appropriate patient evaluations that include measurable and functional short and long term goals.
Develops, implements and advances appropriate treatment plans toward treatment goals.
Assesses patients and caregivers understanding of medical diagnosis, learning readiness, preferred learning style and barriers to learning. Using appropriate teaching methods, educates the patient/caregiver(s) on diagnosis, causes, signs and symptoms, lifestyle adjustments needed for improved health, treatment, management of condition, when to notify the physician, medication regimen, dietary management, psychosocial issues and other pertinent issues as they apply to occupational therapy. Documents education according to Carondelet Health policy.
Demonstrates ability to plan and conduct successful specialized therapy sessions:
Community Reintegration Outings (CROs)
Assist with provision of appropriate adaptive/assistive and orthotic/prosthetic equipment as needed through the recommendation, fabrication, fitting, and modification process, specifically:
splint fabrication, indications, contraindications
adaptive equipment fabrication and/or modification, indications, contraindications
Provides concise, thorough reports in team conferences.
Provides concise, thorough reports in family conferences.
Maintains current information on patient communication boards for rehabilitation unit patient rooms.
Utilizes NDT knowledge when assisting patients with bed mobility and transfers.
Provides discharge information regarding occupational therapy progress and status to discharge services and/or facilities (home health, nursing home, residential care facility, physician office, etc.).
Involves the patient and caregivers in all aspects of the evaluation, treatment and decisions concerning care.
Practices in accordance to the Code of Ethics of the American Occupational Therapy Association (see attached).
Completes all documentation according to established policies and procedures, including evaluations, all appropriate daily documentation, weekly summaries, discharge summaries and Rehab IRF-PAI records.
Handles all OT equipment properly and maintains equipment as necessary.
Completes daily billing procedures accurately and efficiently to ensure fiscal management.
Oversees the work of occupational therapy assistants, students and rehabilitation technicians as necessary.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy from a program accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS (with minimum requirements indicated as appropriate)
Completion of clinical internship, a portion of which is spent in an acute care setting or outpatient care setting.
Ability to use all materials and modalities specific to rehabilitation, subacute, acute and outpatient occupational therapy.
Good physical and emotional health.
High level of maturity at all times.
Full understanding of body mechanics and safety precautions in order to protect both patient and family at all times.
Commitment to the interdisciplinary treatment approach to patient care and rehabilitation.
CERTIFICATES AND/OR LICENSES
Registration in the state of Missouri or registration eligible.
Current chauffeurs license for therapists with primary rehab coverage.