The Physical Therapist is a qualified professional therapist who directs, supervises, evaluates, and provides a Physical Therapy Services to patients in the home as ordered by the attending physician.
1) Review and evaluate physician's or podiatrist's referral and patient's medical record to determine physical therapy required.
2) Plan and prepare a written treatment program based on the evaluation of available patient data.
3) Assists the physician in evaluating patient's level of function.
4) Perform patient tests, measurements, and evaluations, such as range-ofmotion and manual muscle tests, gait and functional analysis, and body parts measurements, and record and evaluate findings to aid in establishing or revising specifics of treatment programs. Applies diagnostic and prognostic muscle, nerve, joint and functional ability tests.
5) Plans to administer prescribed physical therapy treatment programs for patients to restore function, relieve pain, and prevent disability following disease, injury or loss of body part.
6) Administers manual therapeutic exercises to improve or maintain muscle function applying precise amounts of manual force and guiding patient's body parts through selective patterns and degrees of movement.
7) Instructs, motivates and assists patient in non-manual exercises, such as active regimens, isometric and progressive resistive, and in functional activities using available equipment and assistive and supportive devices, such as crutches, walkers, canes, orthoses and prostheses.
8) Administers treatment involving application of physical agents, such as heat, light, cold, water and electricity.
9) Administers traction and massage.
10) Evaluate, fit, and adjust prosthetic and orthotic devices and recommend modifications to the orthotist/prosthetist.
11) Observe, record and report to the physician or podiatrist the patient's treatment, response and progress.
12) Instruct other health team personnel including when appropriate, home health aides and family members in certain phases of physical therapy with which they may work with the patient.
13) Treats patients to relieve pain and/or restore function to maintain maximum performance.
14) Makes arrangements for out-patient services, which cannot be given in the home.
15) Records and reports to the physician the patient's reaction to treatment and/or any changes of the patient's condition.
16) Attends physical therapy staff meetings and in-service presentations.
17) Participates in care conferences.
18) Supervises the home health aide when appropriate.
19) Participates in staff and Agency development activities.
20) Prepares an assessment of the patient's condition and periodic evaluations and summaries, develops a Plan of Care and problem list, and writes clinical/progress notes on the date of the visit and incorporates same in the patient record no less than weekly.
21) Participates in the development and periodic revision of the physician's Plan of Treatment.
1) Must be able to meet the physical demands of providing physical therapy services, such as ambulating patients, transferring patients, assisting with exercises, etc.
2) Must be able to transfer patient as needed according to proper techniques of body mechanics to promote patient and staff safety and well-being.
I) Graduate of a Physical Therapy school approved by the American Physical Therapy Association; or
3) The Council of Medical Education of the A.M.A. in collaboration with the American Physical Therapy Association; or
4) The Council on Medical Education of Hospitals for the American Medical Association;
5) Licensed or registered by the State of Michigan.
6) Preference of at least one (1) year of institutional experience.
7) CPR certification preferred, not required.