Evaluates plans and administers 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 assessment, including completing a comprehensive OASIS Assessment when applicable.
Assesses homebound status of client. Document detailed reason for being homebound on initial assessment. If reason for status changes throughout treatment plan, update homebound status upon change in status.
Obtains physician orders for certification and recertification of home occupational therapy services.
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 assessment results, recommendations, and physician orders are communicated to other healthcare team members and Agency staff in a timely, accurate and thorough manner.
Coordinates care planning and delivery with the physician 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.
Assesses the efficiency and effectiveness of occupational therapy services and designs and implements processes to support optimal patient outcomes.
Develops appropriate home exercise programs tailored to the patient's clinical status, needs and age.
Able to appropriately assess and reassess a patient's pain utilizing standardized pain assessment tool.
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/health care errors.
Performs transfer and discharge planning functions in accordance with Agency policy and applicable laws, regulations and standards.
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.
The occupational therapist will see five to six clients per day as a measure of productivity.
Start of care/Resumption of care/ Recertification other follow up assessments counts as one and a half visits
The occupational therapist will be responsible for all components of the home health paperwork. This paperwork will need to be completed in a timely manner. Daily notes are to be submitted within 24 hours of the visit. OASIS assessments need to be completed and submitted within 48 hours. The paperwork will need to be accurate and reflect the treatment modalities, and the client's response to the prescribed treatment. Accurate paperwork will be described as five percent or less error margin. Paperwork includes but may not be limited to;
Adheres to all applicable 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.
Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations.
Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict.
Adheres to dress code.
Completes annual educational requirements.
Maintains regulatory requirements.
Wears identification while on duty.
Maintains confidentiality at all times.
Attends department staff meetings as required within the department.
Reports to work on time and as scheduled; completes work in designated time.
Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.
Coordinates efforts in meeting regulatory compliance, federal, state and local regulations and standards
Communicates and complies with the Benefis Health System Mission, Vision and Values as well as the focus statement of the department.
Complies with Benefis Health System Organization Policies and Procedures.
Complies with Health and Safety Standards and Guidelines.
Current valid state occupational therapy license.
Graduate of an accredited occupational therapy curriculum/school; or,
For Medicare certified agencies:
Graduate of an occupational therapy curriculum accredited jointly by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association; or,
Is eligible for the National Registration Examination of the American Occupational Therapy Association; or,
Has two years of experience as an occupational therapist, and has achieved a satisfactory grade on a proficiency examination conducted, approved, or sponsored by the US Public Health Service except for those individuals initially licensed by the State or seeking qualification as an occupational therapist after December 31, 1977.
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