Reports to the Director of Rehabilitation Services and functions under the supervision of the Director or Manager of Rehabilitation Services. The COTA works with the registered occupational therapist to determine the needs of assigned patients, establish goals with the patient, and plan and conduct treatment to assist the patient in meeting the occupational therapy goals. The COTA provides age and developmentally appropriate care to adult and geriatric patients.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
JOB REQUIREMENTS AND CHARACTERISTICS
- Exemplifies the RML REACH (Service Excellence) culture by demonstrating respect, excellence, appreciation, concern and honor in all interactions with patients, families and co-workers, and as identified in departmental and hospital wide behavioral expectations.
- In collaboration with the patient, family, occupational therapist, and treatment team plans an age appropriate program to meet each patient’s individual treatment goals to promote the highest level of function and independence possible.
- Provides occupational therapy treatment to an adult and geriatric population that includes, but is not limited to:
- Activities of Daily Living (ADL) training
- Maximizing physical endurance and cognitive functioning
- Increasing range of motion, strength and coordination
- Providing for proper body positioning
- Maximizing self-care independence – feeding, hygiene, bathing, dressing
- Providing perceptual and cognitive compensatory strategies
- Increasing cognitive skills with emphasis on orientation, judgement and safety awareness
- Maximizing transfers
- Maximizing functional balance and mobility
- Maximizing home management activities
- In collaboration with the patient, family, Occupational Therapist, and treatment team, orders adaptive equipment needed for rehabilitation training and for independent function. Fabricates and/or orders individual splints and orthotics as needed for upper extremity function in conjunction with the licensed Occupational Therapist.
- Documents patient progress in the computerized medical record, and assists with revising weekly goals in collaboration with the Registered Occupational Therapist. Completes and logs billing charges and Medicare reports, completes interdisciplinary team reports. Provides input to patient discharge summary to the Occupational Therapist. Maintains confidentiality of medical information and complies with information system security requirements. Complies with HIPAA guidelines.
- Participates in the medically complex plan of care conference or prepares reports for interdisciplinary team meetings, staffings and rounds to report patient’s response to treatment, patient progress, and to modify the treatment plan in conjunction with the Occupational Therapist.
- Provides family education and encourages the family participation in carrying out learned rehabilitation strategies.
- In collaboration with the treatment team, assists the patient in recognizing and adjusting to the limitations of the disability.
- Provides services in accordance with the American Occupational Therapy Association Code of Ethics, the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Practice Act of the State of Illinois and the policies, procedures and standards of RML Specialty Hospital.
- Identifies and reports opportunities to improve work processes or patient care outcomes, particularly related to patient safety. Participates in department and/or facility Performance Improvement initiatives as required. Implements appropriate interventions in compliance with hospital safety initiatives.
- Actively participates in staff meetings and continuing education activities. Participates on committees or task forces and attends meetings as may be assigned. Meets all annual and ongoing employee requirements (TB Testing, Annual Review, Annual Clinical Validation, and performance evaluation, etc.) by demonstrating completion prior to due date.
- Responsible for supporting a safe work environment for self and others, by reporting unsafe conditions, and using appropriate safe work practices such as proper body mechanics and safety devices (patient lift and transfer equipment, PPE, etc.)
Skills & Abilities
1) The ability to communicate effectively with patients, family and team members in order to elicit their cooperation in the provision of services and meet the patient’s rehabilitation goals.
2) Organizational skills to plan and implement age appropriate occupational therapy programs and treatment plans for a diverse patient population.
3) The physical ability to transfer and position patients, move equipment as necessary, fabricate splints and orthotics.
Knowledge & Experience
1) An Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy from a college accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
2) Experience in an acute care/ICU environment and/or inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Alternate experience: a student clinical affiliation in an acute care setting.
2 years clinical experience in an acute care hospital with ICU experience.
1) Current Illinois license as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.
2) Current CPR certification.
Current certification by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
Work will be performed in a hospital patient care setting including at the patient’s bedside and in an organized therapy department.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by therapists in this position. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions associated with the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant position.