Reports to Therapy Manager/Director of Nursing
Evaluates, plans, and administers comprehensive occupational therapy modalities/regimes to patients in their place of residence for the purpose of developing and restoring function through rehabilitative occupational therapy as prescribed by a physician. Focus on compensatory techniques to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of patients. To delineate the scope of services provided by the Occupational Therapy Services program offered by the Agency. Assist with coordination and collaboration of obtaining DME and safety devices with patient/family/and health care team members.
Performs initial evaluation and ongoing patient assessments in response to patients' ongoing needs and in accordance with physician orders. Initiates a written plan of care, re-evaluates and updates the plan as necessary. Provides skilled occupational therapy modalities within the therapy scope of practice. Documents skilled care and/or services provided in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, and Agency policies and procedures. Participates in case conference to discuss multidisciplinary team responsibilities, patient progress, plans for continued care, etc. Addresses and supports patient/family cultural practices, as long as such practices do not harm others or interfere with the planned course medical therapy. 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. Supervises Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants in planned and delegated services performed for compliance with applicable laws, regulations and standards and assuring patient care needs are met. Supervision includes regularly scheduled patient record reviews, conferences and a visit to the patient's home with or without the COTA present at least every 30 days unless state laws require more frequently. Plans discharge appropriately; provides information about community resources to address patient ongoing needs. Knowledgeable of federal, state regulations and Agency's policies and procedures regarding patient care. Communicates with all members of the health care team, including physicians appropriately and in timely manner regarding patient changes in status, findings or needs. Notifies the physicianm, the Director of Nursing and other health care team members of any changes in the patient's condition and the need to modify the plan of care. Maintains currency of knowledge and skills. Participates in the Agency's Quality Improvement program. Attends Agency meetings and in-services as required. Obtains appropriate number of continuing education credits to maintain re-licensure status. Maintains confidentiality of patient and Agency information at all times.