HOME CARE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
BASIC PURPOSE OF THE JOB
The Occupational Therapist is responsible for interpreting all referral information, evaluating, adjusting, updating and discharging the treatment of all patients
referred by a licensed Physician, Chiropractor, Dentist, Podiatrist, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner.
• Graduate of an AOTA-accredited school for occupational therapists.
• Licensed by the Ohio OT, PT, AT Board as an Occupational Therapist. Certified by NBCOT.
• Certified in CPR.
• Demonstrates proficiency in the performance of occupational therapy assessment and treatment.
• Demonstrates knowledge on evidence-based practice
• Home Care experience is preferred but not required.
1. Performs admissions assessment and re-assessments as defined by policy.
a. Selects appropriate assessment procedures and documents status thoroughly.
b. Documentation of assessment indicates that the therapist considered the effects of
developmental stage or aging on function.
c. Completes patient assessments within required turnaround time.
2. Formulates and updates Plan of Care according to policy.
a. Analyzes data to identify deficits and document therapy needs.
b. Plans of care consider and incorporate patient/caregiver goals and learning needs.
c. Goals are measurable, functional, and individualized to the patient.
d. Plan of care is appropriately communicated to other disciplines as required by policy.
e. Develops patient/family/significant other teaching and discharge
plan as per unit standard.
f. Assesses, plans, implements, and reevaluates the patient/family
discharge needs from time of admission through discharge.
g. Records and interprets physician orders properly according to policy.
3. Uses physical agents and treatment techniques in accordance with
policy and accepted standards of care.
a. Administers topical medications following policies and procedures (includes proper ID).
b. Responds to clinical emergencies following policies and procedures.
c. Demonstrates required skills and competencies in the use of equipment for
care of the patient population common to the work area.
d. Documentation of plan and treatment includes all parameters and response to care.
e. Utilizes modality settings that are within safe and acceptable practice limits.
f. Demonstrates knowledge of contraindications and precautions to the use of modalities.
g. Administers therapeutic exercise programs safely and provides client appropriate
h. Provides proper motivation to client to ensure treatment goals are met.
i. Instructs patient in safe functional mobility and educates on injury prevention.
4. Identifies the patients education needs and develops goals and educational
a. Consistently develops an individual education plan involving the family/
significant other as defined by policy.
b. Education plan is updated, reviewed, and revised in order to ensure consistent
care from admission to discharge.
c. Utilizes appropriate educational techniques based on learning preferences & barriers.
d. Evaluates education plan effectiveness and makes changes as appropriate.
5. Evaluates the patient's responses to care.
a. Performs reassessment according to policies and procedures.
b. Analyzes data to identify new and changing therapy needs and adjust plan accordingly.
c. Patient failure to progress toward goals is recognized, documented, and interventions
6. Documents and communicates care.
a. Documents care provided and patients response according to policies and procedures.
b. Documents and communicates patients condition as needed to interdisciplinary team.
c. Documents communication with patients family.
d. Documents and communicates changes in patients condition and/or unusual
patient occurrence within an appropriate time frame. Notifies and documents
physician notification as appropriate.
e. Equipment and care needs are identified and addressed in appropriate time frame
in preparation for discharge.
7. Assumes all other duties and responsilibilities as assigned
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