Perform components of physical therapy procedures and related tasks selected by a supervising physical therapist within the scope of practice of physical therapist assistants. Provides resident services that help improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities suffering from injuries or diseases. Participates in care planning, teaching, education, direct treatment and consultations related to physical therapy services.
Associate Degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) program.
Two years clinical experience preferred.
NYS License in good standing as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
1. Assists the Physical Therapist in collecting assessment data, as part of the evaluation process under the direction of a licensed Physical Therapist.
2. Provides direct resident treatment in accordance with a plan of care established by a Physical Therapist under a physician’s order. Services include, but are not limited to therapeutic exercises, transfer training, gait training, massage, electrical stimulation, paraffin baths, hot and cold packs, traction and ultrasound.
3. Collects resident information to assist in screening processes under the supervision of a physical therapist.
4. Participates in interdisciplinary meetings and decision-making processes for delivery of quality resident care from admission to discharge.
5. Provides consultation, education and training to residents, families and other caregivers according to the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist.
6. Communicates effectively with residents, families, caregivers, team members, customers and supervisors.
7. Documents the resident’s response to treatment promptly and accurately according
to the facility’s clinical documentation system. Reports the outcome of treatment to the supervising therapist. Completes additional documentation as required by the facility’s documentation system.
8. Prepares materials and assists with other clerical duties as directed by the supervising Physical Therapist and/or Program Manager.
9. Maintains upkeep and sanitation of rehabilitation area.
10. Monitors efficiency and productivity requirements on a daily and ongoing basis in collaboration with the Director of Rehab.
11. Follows infection control guidelines.
12. Demonstrates consistent knowledge, compliance and application of Medicare and other reimbursement regulations.
13. Provides positive customer relations at all times.
14. Performs additional administrative duties, including but not limited to: assigning and overseeing resident care activities, medical record oversight, assuring execution of physician orders, supplies and equipment purchasing, etc.
15. Responsible for service and operational excellence of all assigned activities to ensure the delivery of quality services &/or outcomes required to meet or exceed the expectations of residents, families, caregivers and customers.
16. Exhibits courtesy, compassion and respect to residents, families, caregivers, visitors, physicians, administrators and co-workers.
17. Regular and prompt attendance.
18. Performs other duties assigned.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
Physical therapist assistants need to have a moderate degree of strength, due to the physical exertion required in assisting residents with their treatment. For example, in some cases, physical therapist assistants need to help lift residents.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, bend or crouch; use hands to manipulate tools, equipment or controls; reach with hands or arms, balance, lift and perform medium to maximum transfer assists with residents.
The employee is required to have visual and hearing acuity sufficient to assess resident safety and ability.
The employee works mostly inside the Rehabilitation Department or on resident care units and is regularly exposed to resident body fluids.