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 physical therapy services as prescribed by a physician, which can be safely provided in the home and assisting the physician in evaluating patients by applying diagnostic and prognostic muscle, nerve, joint and functional abilities test within the therapy scope of practice.
· Assists the physician in evaluating disability, injury or disease process of individual patients, and in determining the patient’s level of function.
· Interprets plans and establishes and implements the proper treatment in accordance with the physician’s orders.
· Contacts the physician directly for patient reports and care as needed.
· Submits appropriate documentation of the patient’s progress and course of care to the agency and the physician.
· Documents skilled care and/or services provided in compliance with federal and state laws and regulation, and agency policies and procedures.
· Observes and records activities and findings 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 patient's condition, or when there are deviations from the plan of care.
· Instructs the patient and caregiver in care and use of physical therapy devices.
· Instructs other health team personnel including, when appropriate, Home Health Aides and caregivers in certain phases of physical therapy with which they may work with the patient.
· Evaluates the home environment and makes appropriate recommendations.
· Supervises Physical Therapy Assistants and Home Health Aides as required. The physical therapists shall be accessible at all times by two way communication, which enable the Physical Therapist to be readily available for consultation during the delivery of care.
· Instructs the patient and caregiver on the patient's total physical therapy program.
· Attends agency meetings and in-service programs as required.
· Acts as Case Manager for therapy-only cases.
· 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.
· Plans patient discharge appropriately; provides information about community resources to address patient ongoing needs.
· Participates in the agency’s performance/quality improvement program.
· Obtains appropriate number of continuing education credits to maintain re-licensure status.
· 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.