Occupational Therapist - Home Health
WestCare Health System - Sylva, NC

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The Occupational Therapist (OT) is a licensed professional who evaluates patients; plans and implements treatment plans based on the evaluation, and educates patients, families and staff. He/She exercises initiative and judgement in delegating appropriate duties to support personnel and reevaluates and modifies treatment programs as necessary. He/She performs appropriate administrative duties and participates in educational programs as assigned or approved by the Rehabilitation Supervisor and/or Director of Rehabilitation Services. Incumbent reports to Rehabilitation Supervisor and/or Director of Home Health. Positions supervised by the incumbent: OT students, volunteers and rehab support personnel.

The duties described herein are minimum standards and may be modified to meet the changing needs of MedWest Health System at any time.


A. Position requires Occupational Therapy license in North Carolina and current NC Driver's License with MVR acceptable to the health system's auto liability insurance carrier
B. Experience: None required. One to two years experience in general hospital preferred.
C. Other Qualifications:
. 1. Requires skills gained from successful completion of OT education plus basic supervisory and management skills and clinical competency in variety of areas.
2. BLS certification within 3 months of hire in date and maintain thereafter.

Physically, the OT is required to assist in moving and lifting patients; to push/pull heavy objects (e.g. wheelchairs or stretchers); to stay on his/her feet for long periods; to bend and stoop; and to reach above shoulder height. Patients may vary in size from as little as 80 pounds to as large as 400 pounds and may be totally dependent in all aspects of daily living or relatively independent. There is limited exposure to infectious materials and diseases.

MedWest Health System shall endeavor to make starting/quitting times as desirable and convenient as possible; however, the workload shall be the determining factor. Unless otherwise stated, the normal working hours will be (8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday - Friday).

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