LICENSED PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION
PURPOSE OF YOUR POSITION
The primary purpose of your position is to plan, organize, develop, and direct Physical Therapy Services in accordance with current applicable federal, state, and local standard, guidelines, and regulations, and as may be directed by the Registered Physical Therapist, to assure that the highest degree of quality resident care can be maintained at all times.
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY
As the Physical Therapist Assistant, you are responsible and accountable to carry out your assigned duties and you report directly to the Physical Therapist.
Every effort has been made to keep your job description as complete as possible. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statement of duties does not exclude them from the position. The position includes any other duties deemed appropriate and assigned by the Administrator.
- Works in office areas, therapy rooms, resident rooms, etc., throughout the facility.
- Sits, stands, bends, lifts, and moves intermittently during working hours.
- Is subject to frequent interruptions.
- Is involved with physicians, residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies, etc., under all conditions and circumstances.
- Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, etc.
- Works beyond normal working hours, on weekends and holidays, and in other positions temporarily, whenever necessary. Scheduled hours may change to meet facility needs.
- Attends and participates in continuing education programs.
- Is subject to falls, burns from equipment, odors, and chemicals, assault from hostile residents etc., throughout the workday.
- May be exposed to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.
- Is subject to lifting, carrying and supporting residents.
- Maintains a liaison with the residents, their families, other departments, etc., to adequately plan for the resident's physical therapy needs.
- Communicates with the medical staff, nursing personnel and other department supervisors.
Must possess a Physical Therapy Assistant Licensed in the State of Connecticut.
A minimum of one (1) year experience in a therapist capacity in a hospital, skilled nursing care facility or related medical facility.
- Must possess a current, unencumbered license to practice as a Physical Therapy Assistant in this state.
- Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.
- Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such actions.
- Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies, and the general public.
- Must be knowledgeable of physical therapy procedures.
- Must possess leadership and supervisory ability and the willingness to work harmoniously with professional and non-professional personnel.
- Must possess the ability to plan, organize, develop, implement, and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies, procedures, etc., of the physical therapy service.
- Must maintain the care and use of supplies, equipment, etc., and maintain the appearance of therapy areas.
- Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm as well as be willing to handle residents on whatever maturity level in which they are currently functioning.
- Must be willing to seek out new methods and principle and be willing to incorporate them into existing nursing practices.
- Must be able to relate information concerning a resident's condition.
- Possess accurate and comprehensive assessment skills.
- Understands all insurance programs utilized by this facility.
- Has knowledge of restoration policies and procedures.
PHYSICAL AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTS
(With or Without the Aid of Mechanical Devices)
- Must be able to move intermittently throughout the workday.
- Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner.
- Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
- Must possess sight/hearing senses or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately so that the requirements of this position can be fully met.
- Must function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with resident, personnel, support agencies and outside agencies.
- Must be in good general health and demonstrate emotional stability.
- Must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and at times, hostile people within the facility.
- Must be able to lift, push, pull, and perform heavy lifting, without restriction.
- Must be able to assist in the evacuation of residents in emergency situations.
- Must be willing to perform tasks that may involve exposure to the resident's blood/body fluids.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Maintain current resident care plan on all residents under care.
- Follow physician’s orders and recommends as appropriate.
- Documents as required by all insurance programs utilized by the facility.
- Teaches restorative policies and procedures.
- Is involved with staff development in employer teaching.
- Demonstrates correct safety techniques.
- Respect and take care of facility equipment and not wasteful of supplies.
- Contribute to effective communication and pleasant working conditions.
- Contribute to and promote positive resident family relations.
- Follow facility policies and procedures.
- Continue growth and expand job knowledge.
- Demonstrate leadership skills.
- Maximizes the potential of each employee supervised.