The PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANT is a qualified professional who provides physical therapy services to clients in the home as prescribed by the attending physician. He/she is responsible for (1) providing skilled therapy care to ill patients in their homes; (2) recording clinical and progress notes; and to provide the highest quality of patient care in the geographic service area to which he/she is assigned. He/she works under the direct supervision of the designated physical therapist and clinical supervisor.
1.Provides direct physical therapy according to directions of physical therapist and in accordance with the physicians plan of care.
2.Communicates with and regularly updates the patient and/or caregiver regarding the plan of care.
3.Provides skilled therapy services, treatments and procedures as appropriate for the patients care and safety.
4.Reports observations of the patients condition to the designated supervisor(s), and/or the patients physician, as appropriate.
5.Treats clients to relieve pain and/or develop or restore function to maintain maximum performance.
6.Provides skilled teaching to the patients, family members, and caregivers regarding the safe use of prosthetic, orthotic and assistive devices (i.e., canes, walkers, wheelchairs, etc.) Educates patients and caregivers in carry over regarding issues concerning rehabilitation and adaptation techniques needed for recovery.
7.Collaborates with other service disciplines to discuss the patient plan of care.
8.Makes arrangements for outpatient services which cannot be given in the home.
9.Plans for clients discharge, prepares discharge summaries and instructions.
10.Participates in in-service programs.
11.Participates in the HHAs QAPI program.
12.Drives safely, complies with traffic regulations, and wears a seat belt when business travel is required.
13.Reacts to change productively and performs other job-related tasks and duties as assigned.
14.Complies with ethical and professional standards of conduct as set forth by the American Physical Therapy Association
15.Ensures confidentiality of patient records/information. Observes, records, and reports (1) signs and symptoms; (2) reactions to treatments and medications; and (3) any change in the patients physical or emotional condition to the patients physician and to the RN on the case if applicable, on a timely basis.
16.Records clinical and progress notes at the time of the visit to ensure continuity of qualitative patient care on a timely basis.
17.Completes daily report and any required documentation in a timely fashion to ensure agency operating schedules.
18.Maintains consistent attendance.
19.Submits all credentials in a timely manner.
20.Performs all responsibilities in a professional manner that follows all MHHC rules of conduct.
21.Complies with national standards within PSPs, ACHC, State & Federal regulations.
1. Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program approved by one of the following: The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Successor organizations of CAPTE An education program outside of the United States or trained in the United States Military, graduated from an educational program determined to be substantially equivalent to physical therapist assistant entry level education in the United States by a credentials evaluation organization approved by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) or an organization identified in 8 CFR 212.15( e ) as it relates to physical therapists.
2. Passed a national examination for physical therapist assistants.
3 .Licensed or registered as a Therapy Assistant in practicing state is required as well as a current CPR certification is recommended.
4. A minimum of one year of acute care experience required; previous home care experience preferred.
5. Must possess strong patient management, and documentation skills.
6. Ability to function in any home situation regardless of age, race, creed, color, sex, disability, or financial condition of the patient.
7. Must possess the disposition and personality to work harmoniously with a wide variety of people and all levels of staff, and interact professionally as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
8. Must possess a strong commitment to the goals, mission, and philosophy of the organization.
9. Ability to work flexible hours as required to meet identified patient needs.
10. Absolute integrity and the use of good judgment to handle the professional and confidential nature of assignments.
11. Ability to adapt to changing organizational needs.
1. Heavy Work: Exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally (occasionally: activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of the time), and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently (frequently: activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time) to move objects, including the human body.
2. Standing/Walking: Must stand/walk frequently and intermittently to accomplish tasks. May also choose to stand while completing administrative duties.
3.Lifting: Must frequently raise objects including the human body, from a lower to a higher position or move objects, including the human body, horizontally from position to position.
4.Pushing/Pulling: Must occasionally use upper extremities to push and/or pull objects, including the human body, in a sustained motion.
5.Climbing: Must frequently climb in and out of a car. Must frequently ascend and descend stairs, uneven surfaces, or obstacles which may be located indoors or outdoors, and may not be handicap-accessible.
6.Stooping/Kneeling/Crouching: Must frequently stoop, kneel, or crouch during the provision of patient care.
7.Balancing: Must maintain balance which is necessary for ordinary locomotion and body equilibrium.
8.Sitting: Must sit frequently when traveling to patients homes and may also choose to sit while completing administrative duties.
9.Reaching: Must frequently reach to administer patient care services, treatments and procedures.
10.Fingering/Grasping: Must frequently finger and/or grasp objects including medical supplies/equipment, the human body and a writing instrument, during the provision of patient care.
11.Feeling: Must frequently touch objects, including the human body, to perceive attributes such as size, shape, temperature, or texture.
12.Talking: Must frequently exchange information in person and on the telephone to patients, doctors, family members, and co-workers by means of the spoken word.
13.Repetitive Motions: Must frequently use upper and/or lower extremities in a repetitive motion, including writing and driving.
14.Sensory Needs: Must possess fine motor skills, visual acuity (including near and far vision), for color discrimination and depth perception, and those senses necessary for patient evaluation/assessment, communication and driving, including sight, touch, hearing and smell.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving vehicles, external fumes, mechanical parts, animals, pests, inclement weather, all levels of noise, etc. Based on the fact that this position requires the employee to be in many different locations, it is impossible to list all the household and environmental conditions that may be encountered.
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