The Occupational Therapist is responsible for supervising and participating in the application of a wide variety of occupational therapy treatments to enhance rehabilitation of patients with physical disabilities, injuries or diseases. The Occupational Therapist evaluates, plans, and administers comprehensive occupational therapy modalities/regimes to patients in their place of residence for the purpose of developing and restoring function through rehabilitative occupational therapy as prescribed by a physician. The Occupational Therapist complies with applicable laws and regulations and adheres to Medicare and Medicaid regulations.
PRIMARY JOB DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
· Performs comprehensive assessment utilizing the OASIS data set.
· Performs initial and ongoing patient assessments in response to patients’ needs and in accordance with physician orders.
· Initiates a written plan of care, re-evaluates and updates the plan as necessary.
· Provides skilled occupational therapy modalities within the therapy scope of practice.
· Assists the physician in evaluating the patient's level of function by applying diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
· Documents skilled care and/or services provided in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, and agency policies and procedures.
· Guides the patient in the use of therapeutic, creative and self-care activities for the purpose of improving function.
· Observes and records activities and findings in the clinical and progress notes, in the clinical record and reports to the physician and Director of Nursing/clinical designee the patient's reaction to treatment and any changes in the patient's condition, or when there are deviations from the plan of care.
· Plans patient discharge appropriately; provides information about community resources to address patient ongoing needs.
· Instructs the patient, caregivers and other health team personnel, when appropriate, in therapeutic procedures of occupational therapy.
· Participates in case conferences to discuss multidisciplinary team responsibilities, patient progress, and plans for continued care.
· Promotes and provides patient/family/caregiver education using various verbal and written communication techniques that take into account the patient’s/family’s cultural, ethnic, and/or personal needs or preferences.
· Attends agency meetings and in-service programs as required.
· Obtains appropriate number of continuing education credits to maintain re-licensure status.
· Participates in agency performance/quality improvement program.
· Provides direct supervision to Occupational Therapy Assistants in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and standards.
· Maintains currency of knowledge and skills.
· Completes projects/assignments within specific timetables.
· Attains goals as set forth in the annual performance evaluation.
· Submits documentation within required timeframes.
· Maintains strict confidentiality on patient, agency, and employee matters.
· Performs other duties as assigned.
The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal responsibilities of the job identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position.