- Is a graduate of an occupational therapy curriculum accredited jointly by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association
- Is registered by the American Occupational Therapy Certification Board, and is licensed to practice Occupational Therapy by the State of Texas
- Is knowledgeable of professional standards and practice
- Has two years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist
- Has good oral and written communication skills; has good organizational skills
- Possess and maintains current CPR Certification
SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
The occupational therapist is responsible for providing occupational therapy services according to accepted standards of care, and home health agency policies. Additionally, when occupational therapy services are provided under contract, the occupational therapist adheres to all conditions in the Contract/ Agreement.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
- Evaluates patient's functional status (muscle function, endurance, visual coordination, written and verbal communication skills, self care ability, work capacity, etc.).
- Evaluates home environment for hazards or barriers to more independent living. Identifies equipment needs.
- Participates in the development of the total plan of care.
- For patients who plan to return to work, the occupational therapist may perform work capacity evaluation and may refer to specialized vocational training in accordance with agency policy.
- Develops treatment program and establishes goals for improved function.
- Communicates plan of care to referring physician and other agency professionals.
- May teach new skills or retrain patient in once familiar daily activities that have been lost due to illness or injury, in accordance with agency policy.
- May fabricate splints and instruct patient in the use of various types of adaptive equipment to improve function.
- May train patient in the use of prosthetic and/ or orthotic devices.
- Maintains appropriate clinical records, clinical notes, and reports to the physician any changes in the patient's condition. Submits these records in accordance with agency policy.
- Maintains contact/ communication with other personnel involved in the patient's care to promote coordinated, efficient care.
- Attends and contributes to in-services, case conferences, and other meetings as required by agency policy to ensure coordinated and comprehensive plans of care for the patients of the agency.
- Identifies patient and family/caregiver needs for other home health services and refers as appropriate.
- Instructs patients' family/caregiver and other agency health care personnel in patients' treatment regime when indicated and appropriate.