Occupational Therapy Assistant
Company: Interim HealthCare
Posted on: January 15, 2022
Reports to: Therapy Supervisor / coordinator -General
Purpose:Occupational therapy assistants provide services for
treating impairments, functional limitations, disabilities or
changes in physical function and health status under the direction
and supervision of the treating occupational therapist and in
accordance with the patient's plan of care, accepted standards of
professional practice, applicable law and regulation, as well as
applicable Interim HealthCare policies, procedures and clinical
- Participates in ongoing interdisciplinary assessment of the
- Acts at the direction and under the supervision of the treating
occupational therapist and in accordance with the plan of
- Participates in the development and evaluation of the plan of
care in partnership with the patient, representative (if any), and
- Provides services that are ordered by the physician as
indicated in the plan of care.
- Assists the treating occupational therapist in documenting a
patient's progress and response to treatment.
- Teaches task-oriented therapeutic activities designed to
restore physical function, as well as sensory-integrative
- Teaches compensatory technique to improve the level of
independence in the activities of daily living (ADLs).
- Completes and submits timely, legible, accurate, relevant, and
sufficient clinical documentation (written or electronic)
addressing the treatment and interventions provided, the patient's
response to the treatment and interventions, and the patient's
progress toward goals in accordance with professional standards of
practice, policy and procedures, and payor requirements.
- Counsels and educates the patient and the family, and other
caregivers to promote patient progress toward mutually established
goals and in meeting healthcare related needs.
- Effectively communicates with other members of the
interdisciplinary healthcare team providing care to promote
coordination of patient care and planning for discharge
- Communicates with all physicians involved in the plan of care
and other health care practitioners (as appropriate) related to the
current plan of care.
- Participates in Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement
- Participates in in-services or training, as requested.
- Participates in the Office's Emergency Preparedness program, as
- Completes other assignments as requested and assigned.
- Accesses personal health information ("PHI") necessary to
fulfill the above duties and responsibilities. - Access to use and
ability to disclose PHI is further defined by each
organization/department.Licensure, Minimum Education & Experience
- Current licensure or otherwise regulated, if applicable, as an
occupational therapy assistant in the state(s) in which he or she
- A graduate of an occupational therapy education program
accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy
Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association
(AOTA), or its successor organizations of ACOTE and is eligible to
take, or has successfully completed the entry-level certification
examination for occupational therapy assistants developed and
administered by the National Board for Certification in
Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT).
- In the last five (5) years, two (2) years of experience as an
occupational therapy assistant that is relevant to the patient
population assigned preferred.For Organizations That Must Meet the
Medicare Conditions of Participation: Refer to Addendum A of this
job description for additional qualifications that apply to:
- licensed or otherwise regulated occupational therapy assistants
prior to January 1, 2010; or
- occupational therapy assistants educated outside of the United
States prior to January 1, 2008.Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Able to provide proof of current CPR certification, per
- Able to effectively communicate in English with all levels of
the workforce, both clinical and non-clinical.
- Able to perform and prioritize multiple functions or
- Able to read and interpret technical instructions related to
the care of the patient and use of equipment in providing
- Able to visually and aurally observe and assess the
- Able to effectively deal with multiple changes based on patient
needs and scheduling.
- Able to provide proof of valid driver's license, if
- Able to provide proof of valid auto liability insurance if
assignment(s) include driving own vehicle to transport
patient.Working Conditions & Physical Effort:
- Able to travel constantly within geographic area serviced by
office from assignment to assignment.
- Meets the applicable health requirements to provide patient
care per applicable law or regulation.
- Work is normally performed in a residence, aggregate living
facility, school or occupational setting.
- Occasional exposure to communicable diseases, blood borne
pathogens and/or potentially infectious or hazardous materials and
situations that require following extensive safety precautions and
may include the use of protective equipment (e.g. face masks,
goggles, latex and or non-latex gloves).
- Able to work flexible schedule and/or evening hours as
- Able to constantly stand, walk, bend, stoop, squat, kneel and
- Able to constantly lift, reposition, and transfer
- Able to constantly grasp with thumb in opposition to fingers of
palm, i.e. manipulate pen, knobs or objects.
- Heavy physical activity that may require lifting, carrying,
pushing or pulling over 50 lbs., and physically stretching,
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