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Midwest Health CG - Occupational Therapist - - 1st Shift in Chariton, Iowa

Job Summary:

Evaluates, plans and administers comprehensive occupational therapy modalities/regimens to patients in their place of residence for the purpose of developing and restoring function through rehabilitative occupational therapy as prescribed by a physician.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs accurate and comprehensive assessments.
  • Obtains physician orders for certification and recertification of home occupational therapy.
  • Ensures that changes in patients’ clinical status are communicated to other healthcare team members and Agency office staff verbally and in writing in a timely manner.
  • Ensures that physician orders are communicated to other healthcare team member and Agency staff in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner.
  • Coordinates care planning and delivery with the physician, patient and family, and other healthcare team members and Agency staff to facilitate optimal patient outcomes.
  • Delivers occupational therapy modalities appropriate to the patient’s clinical status and needs, and in accordance with the standard of care for patient’s age and with applicable laws, regulations, and standards.
  • Educates patients, their families/caregivers and other staff as appropriate, in appropriate occupational therapy modalities.
  • Provides, modifies or discontinues occupational therapy modalities based upon an ongoing assessment/reassessment of the patient’s clinical status and in accordance with physician orders.
  • Able to appropriately assess, report, and reassess a patient’s pain.
  • Utilizes appropriate pain management modalities that include, but are not limited to, occupational therapy modalities.
  • Educates the patient and/or caregiver in effective pain management modalities.
  • Provides occupational therapy modalities in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/healthcare errors.
  • Develops appropriate home exercise programs tailored to the patient’s clinical status, needs and age.
  • Synthesizes data from the physical examination and analyzes data to make clinical judgments regarding patient management.
  • Identifies risk of injuries or threats to life and health in the patient’s environment, i.e. environmental/safety/mobility risks and implements appropriate interventions to reduce those risks.
  • Assesses the patient for the need for durable medical equipment as well as other adaptive equipment needs.
  • Addresses and supports cultural practices providing such practices do not harm the patient or others, and do not interfere with the planned course of occupational therapy.
  • Participates in the organization’s information management program.
  • Complies with the Agency’s policies.
  • Adheres to all laws, regulations, and standards.
  • Completes and submits necessary documentation in accordance with Agency policy and applicable regulations.
  • Submits verification of completed visits in accordance with Agency policy.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary team conferences in accordance with Agency policy.
  • Maintains current knowledge of community resources. Identifies and accesses appropriate external and internal resources to meet patient and/or family needs and to facilitate optimal patient outcomes while home care services are being provided, and for transfer and discharge processes. Professional Requirements:

  • Adheres to dress code, appearance is neat and clean.

  • Adheres to legal practice standards, including applicable federal, state, and local regulations and standards.
  • Completes annual education requirements.
  • Maintains and ensures patient confidentiality at all times.
  • Demonstrates effective time management and organizational skills; provides patient visits as scheduled; completes patient care within the designated time.
  • Wears identification while providing patient care.
  • Attends annual review and performs departmental in-services.
  • Works at maintaining a good rapport and a cooperative working relationship with physicians, departments and staff.
  • Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
  • Attends staff meetings on a regular basis.
  • Resolves personnel concerns at the departmental level, utilizing the grievance process as required.
  • Ensures compliance with policies and procedures regarding department operations, fire, safety and infection control.
  • Articulates Agency adverse event/incident reporting procedure.
  • Complies with all organizational policies regarding ethical business practices.
  • Maintains currency of professional knowledge by participating in continuing education offerings.
  • Participates in the organization’s performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.
  • Practices in a manner consistent with the professional and Agency code of conduct.
  • Represents the Agency in a positive and professional manner.
  • Communicates the mission, ethics and goals of the Agency. Key Job/Physical Requirements:

  • Must have a valid OT license that is in good standing with the State.

  • Graduate of an accredited Occupational Therapy curriculum
  • Two years of work experience preferred. Prior home healthcare experience is preferred
  • Current BCLS certification
  • Current health certificate/physical examination and TB testing
  • Ability to relate positively and favorably with patients and staff.
  • Demonstrate good oral and written communication along with good documentation skills.
  • Understands regulations and standards applicable to home healthcare.
  • Knowledge of occupational therapy modalities and scope of occupational therapy practice with the State of practice.
  • Flexible, yet organized, with ability to exercise sound judgement
  • Able to communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing
  • Additional languages preferred Physical Demands:

  • For physical demands of position, including vision, hearing, repetitive motion and environment, please request full job description. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising patient care.

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