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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Company: Interim HealthCare
Location: Austin
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

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 pathways.Essential Functions:

  • Participates in ongoing interdisciplinary assessment of the patient.
  • Acts at the direction and under the supervision of the treating occupational therapist and in accordance with the plan of care.
  • Participates in the development and evaluation of the plan of care in partnership with the patient, representative (if any), and caregiver(s).
  • 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 function,
  • 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 (QAPI) program.
    • Participates in in-services or training, as requested.
    • Participates in the Office's Emergency Preparedness program, as requested.
      • 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 Requirements:
        • Current licensure or otherwise regulated, if applicable, as an occupational therapy assistant in the state(s) in which he or she will practice.
        • 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 Required: -
            • Able to provide proof of current CPR certification, per organization-specific policy.
            • 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 tasks.
            • Able to read and interpret technical instructions related to the care of the patient and use of equipment in providing treatment.
            • Able to visually and aurally observe and assess the patient.
            • Able to effectively deal with multiple changes based on patient needs and scheduling.
            • Able to provide proof of valid driver's license, if applicable.
            • 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 needed.
              • Able to constantly stand, walk, bend, stoop, squat, kneel and reach freely.
              • Able to constantly lift, reposition, and transfer patients.
              • 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, bending, stooping.

Keywords: Interim HealthCare, Austin , Occupational Therapy Assistant, Healthcare , Austin, Texas

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