Department of Veterans Affairs - Wilmington, DE

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The VA Delaware and Southern New Jersey Health Care System is recruiting for one (1) part-time Recreation Therapist, Home Based Primary Care and Medical Foster Home. This position is located at the VA Medical Center, Wilmington, Delaware, in Patient Care Services.

WORK SCHEDULE: Incumbent will work part times Monday - Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


This is a unique clinical Recreation Therapist (RT) position that functions in both the Medical Foster Home (MFH) and Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) programs. HBPC provides primary care to complex, chronically ill patients in their own homes or foster homes. The patients are managed by a physician-led interdisciplinary team. The goal of HBPC and MFH is to decrease unnecessary hospitalizations and assist with preventing nursing home placements. The RT functions as an independent clinical practitioner providing comprehensive, therapeutic services to Veterans, patients, family members and foster families in their homes. This position collaborates with program staff and guides and directs patient treatment to foster functional independence and improved quality of life within the home environment. Most of the Veterans within this program are elderly and have chronic diseases or long term disabilities. RTÂ’s provide opportunities for these Veterans to maintain some locus of control within their environments.

Recreation Therapist conducts visits with Veterans and their caregivers in the home. RT makes an independent assessment of the needs of each veteran and formulates a therapeutic treatment plan. Responsible for planning, organizing, conducting, and supervising a comprehensive and complex therapeutic, self-directed Recreation Therapy program that addresses physical limitations, communicative disorders, cognitive deficits, social, emotional and/ or behavior reactions for adult veterans of all ages. This program requires strong assessment skills for patients having varied diagnoses and age specific considerations. These conditions may include neuro-muscular, orthopedic, chronic cardiovascular, psychological, psychiatric, chronic/acute medical problems including TBI and SCI.

The programs will be varied with attention being directed toward creativity and ingenuity in gaining the widest variety and best treatment for the Veteran. The RT has the responsibility for administering interventions utilizing program adaptations to enhance the patient's potential, in accordance with the interdisciplinary treatment plan and predetermined treatment goals.

The Recreation Therapist is part of an Interdisciplinary Team. Works closely with team members and community health care professionals to support the patient's medical treatment plan. Provides direct one on one treatment and services that require the exercise of mature professional judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of clinical skills. Carries full professional responsibility for cases presenting a wide range of psychosocial and medical issues with no limitations (within his/her scope of clinical privileges) as to the range of service to be performed.
Recreation Therapist participates in program planning and the development of working relationships with community agencies and resources. Identifies community resources and makes information about them available to team-members, patients and caregivers. Provides information and referrals to community services, as appropriate.

Recreation Therapist maintains accurate statistics and reports, as required, within specific deadlines. Submits data on patient contacts promptly and accurately. All statistical and administrative reports will be completed according to policy and by request ed of supervisors. Reports may include DSS, event capture, monthly calendar, Nutrition and food request, work order, motor vehicle request, mileage reports, etc). Knowledgeable of the Joint Commission standards where applicable. Participates in the overall activities of the MFH and HBPC Programs.

Recreation Therapist performs other related duties as assigned by the Director of HBPC and the Supervisor of PM&R. May participate in education, evaluation and studies. He/She may supervise Recreation Therapy/Creative Arts Therapy, students, interns and trainees. Incumbent is responsible for planning and executing recreational activities that may occur during the evening hours, nights, weekends and holidays.

Incumbent must be self-motivated, organized, flexible, and responsible. Must possess excellent critical thinking and assessment skills. The ability to work well with different people and personalities is essential. Computer proficiency is beneficial since all documentation is completed through a computerized patient record system. The work involves driving a motor vehicle and going in and out of a variety of community settings. Incumbent must be physically able to drive a vehicle.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...