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Occupational Therapist

West Georgia Home Care • LaGrange, Georgia • Day Shift • Full Time • JR-4501

Facility: West Georgia Home Care

****Sign-on Bonus Option available******

Job Summary:

The Occupational Therapist is responsible for age appropriate interventions for the client that meet physical, emotional, developmental, psychosocial and educational needs to patients whom require rehabilitative care. The Occupational Therapist is responsible to collaborate with all disciplines throughout the episode of care, to ensure all goals are met. The Occupational Therapist provides delivery of high quality continuous care providing assessment, therapeutic exercises, education, and treatments in the patient's home. The Therapist participates in a preceptor role, for new employees and works in cooperation with other disciplines. The Therapist is responsible for attending inservices, staff meetings, special projects and continuing education.

Core Responsibilities and Essential Functions:

- Direct Patient Care a) Access and manage patient’s rehabilitative needs utilizing general principles governing reasonable and necessary therapy. b) Manage patient from admission through discharge and appropriately schedule visits per MDs order. Adjust frequency as needed based on status and MD order c) Perform routine occupational therapy procedures to meet the need of the patient. d) Meet established productivity standards. e) Seek training, supervision or direction from leadership as needed

- Coordination of Services a) Develop the patient’s plan of care and revise it based on patient need within MD orders b) Coordinate the care and services with the Clinical Supervisor and other team members and support services. c) Perform other duties as assigned by Home Health Leadership. d) Maintain communication with MD reporting any changes that may affect the patient’s recovery.

- Patient/Caregiver Education a) Serve as patient educator to foster care or caregiver support for the home patient. b) Be aware and report concerns to authorities or agency leadership on any issues that affect patient or staff safety c) Utilize both verbal and written tools to facilitate learning and promotion of independence during recovery.

- Staff Education and Professional Development a) Participate in the orientation and education of new employees as appropriate. b) Responsible for attending continuing education and in-services as directed and needed. c) Accept responsibility to remain current in clinical knowledge for the care of the home health patient.

- Communication and Documentation a) Responsible for accurate completion of skilled intervention documentation within established timeframe. b) Communicate patient status changes to the MD c) Demonstrate knowledge and appropriate application of regulatory guidelines d) Participate in care team conferences with coworkers e) Responsible for checking voice mail box and secure messaging a minimum of once daily.

- REGULATORY GUIDELINES a) Demonstrates knowledge and appropriate application of CMS/State, and Joint Commission regulatory guidelines. b) Responsible for accurate completion of visit documentation in the patient’s EMR c) Completes all documentation within established timeframes

Required Minimum Education:

Graduate of an accredited school of Occupational Therapy. Required

Required Minimum License(s) and Certification(s):

Basic Life Support 1.00 Required
BLS - Instructor 1.00 Required
BLS - Provisional 1.00 Required
Occupational Therapist 2.00 Required
Georgia Driver's License 3.00 Required
Private Vehicle insurance 4.00 Required

Additional Licenses and Certifications:

Required Minimum Experience:

Minimum 1 year of Full-time Occupational Therapy experience Required
Home Health experience Preferred

Required Minimum Skills:

Strong critical care assessment and rehabilitative skills required.
Positive leadership, problem solving skills, strong organizational and time management skills.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Use of window based computer, utilizing home health patient software, email, internet, computer based learning modules, etc.
Good understanding of home health operations, reimbursement, law and regulatory processes.

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