BASIC FUNCTION: The Physical Therapy Assistant assists in providing compassionate, quality physical therapy services under the direction of a licensed or registered Physical Therapist according to the principles and practices of physical therapy services and in compliance with company policies and procedures. EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS, CREDENTIALS: Must have completed approved schooling/training for Physical Therapy Assistants. Previous experience in a hospital or long-term care facility is preferred. RESPONSIBLE TO: Physical Therapist; Director of Rehabilitation ServicesESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSThe employee must be able to perform each essential function effectively to be successful in this position.Assists in the screening and initial evaluation of all residents who could benefit from PT interventions.Contributes to the evaluation process by performing objective test(s), under the supervision of the PT.Implements the treatment plan established for assigned residents.Communicates a resident's functional status and needs to the resident, caregivers, and appropriate professionals.Complies with the Minimum Data Set (MDS) procedures and care plans.Completes all required documentation in a timely manner, documenting treatment delivery and progress.Alerts Therapist to resident progress and any need to update or reevaluate the effectiveness of the treatment plan.Assists in denials appeals process.Maintains courteous and helpful interactions with facility staff, residents, and other caregivers that reflect sensitivity to individual needs, and a caring, problem-solving approach.Maintains a good working relationship with other healthcare professionals and referral sources. Actively integrates therapy's role into the interdisciplinary approach to treatment.Submits billing, payroll, and expense documentation in an accurate and timely manner.Cooperates with the Restorative Care Coordinator to promote efficient and timely delivery of services.Attends weekly department meetings to discuss treatments and promote team approach.Assists in the collection of all necessary data for rehabilitation services.Assists with ordering and maintaining supplies as needed.Maintains daily productivity report.Complies with Resident Rights and confidentiality, infection control practices, environmental standards of cleanliness, and safety rules at all times.If needed, occasionally travels to other locations to provide therapy coverage during changes in demand or service delivery.The preceding list of essential functions is not all-inclusive and may be supplemented.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIESDemonstrates clinical competence. Has superior communication, interpersonal, and supervisory skills, and effective organizational and time management skills. Ability to write reports and general business correspondence. Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rates, ratio, and percents and draw and interpret graphs. Ability to define problems, collect and analyze data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTSMust have a valid Indiana Operator's license. Is able to work overtime if required to assure services. Has ability to lift/move residents and use the equipment required to perform therapy services. WORKING CONDITIONSWorks in a climate-controlled and well-lighted environment with a smoke-free policy. Works in the therapy area and throughout the building daily. Is continuously subject to interruptions, noise, and odors daily. Has a moderate risk of exposure to infections, but receives training in handwashing practices and has access to personal protective equipment to reduce risk. Is required to lift and transfer residents, but receives lifting training and has access to safety devices and equipment to reduce the risk of injury. PHYSICAL DEMANDSThe physical demands below are typical of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be available for individuals with disabilities.Lifting/Carrying 1-10 lbs.Continuously - (61-100%)Lifting/Carrying 11-25 lbs.Frequently - (31-60%) Lifting/Carrying 26-50 lbs.Frequently - (31-60%) Pushing/Pulling 20-50 lbs.Frequently - (31-60%Pushing/Pulling Over 50 lbs.Frequently - (31-60%) Climbing/BalancingFrequently - (31-60%) Stooping/BendingContinuously - (61-100%)Standing/SittingContinuously - (61-100%)WalkingContinuously - (61-100%)ReachingContinuously - (61-100%) TravelFrequently - (31-60%)