Must possess the ability to read, write and speak the English language, communicate resident condition to others and make independent decisions as needed; must have common working knowledge of all rules, laws and regulations as defined by the state as it relates to occupational therapy; must be patient, friendly, courteous and respectful to residents in any situation, including difficult ones; must be able to move frequently throughout the workday; must be able to handle sensitive situations related to the emotional well-being of the residents with patience, dignity and respect; must be able to lift 40 lbs floor to waist; lift 10 lbs waist to shoulder; lift and carry 40 lbs; and push/pull 40 lbs.
Licensed COTA within the state of practice; one year experience in long-term care environment preferred.
Works specifically in the rehabilitation department, resident rooms, etc.; bends, lifts, sits, stands and moves frequently throughout the shift; deals with frequent interruptions and possibly upset residents and family members; works regularly scheduled shifts with possible weekends, holidays and other hours based on resident needs; primary responsibility is care of residents but also deals with visitors, government personnel, etc.; participates in required continuing education programs; subject to odors, falls, burns and exposure to infectious diseases, waste, etc., including AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.
Competencies of Position
Professionalism: Reports to work on time and as scheduled; keeps open communication with direct supervisors to ensure quality care of the residents; promotes teamwork, takes part in problem solving and displays a positive, caring attitude; consistently attends staff meetings, required in-services and other committees as assigned by the facility.
Resident Rights: Promptly reports resident grievances to the rehabilitation supervisors; treats all resident care information with confidentiality; continuously monitors assigned areas to ensure residents are treated fairly and with dignity and respect at all times; conducts rehabilitation care in privacy, including knocking on the door prior to entering a resident’s room; honors resident refusal of treatments and reports to rehabilitation supervisors.
Safety Awareness: Follows safety program guidelines; immediately reports accidents and incidents to supervisors; identifies unsafe working areas and promptly reports to supervisors; promotes safety by working as safely and efficiently as possible; monitors resident rooms to ensure it is clean and neat at all times; consistently follows infection control and universal precautions and other guidelines; identifies and corrects or reports hazardous conditions to supervisors; understands facility emergency and evacuation protocols.
Organizational and Communication Skills: Handles multiple residents simultaneously; completes assignments in an organized fashion by the end of scheduled shifts; operates with flexibility and shows attention to detail when recording information in resident charts; possesses effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills and is an attentive listener.
Customer Service: Treats all residents, families, co-workers and supervisors with dignity and respect and takes initiative to exceed customer expectations; professional represents the facility, self and position to visitors and residents; demonstrates a positive attitude and willingness to help to all visitors and residents; remains sensitive to all needs through listening, observing and responding appropriately for the position held.
Essential Job Duties
1. Assists with assessing residents’ functional levels and capabilities.
2. Follows resident care plan and provides occupational therapy treatments under the direction of a licensed OT.
3. Makes recommendations related to resident therapy treatments.
4. Participates in the discharge planning process for residents.
5. Thoroughly documents treatment progress in resident charts in an accurate and timely manner.
6. Maintains a positive working relationship with residents and families.
7. Assists the OT in supervision of rehabilitation aides.
8. Documents appropriately and timely in accordance with all laws, regulations and Facility guidelines.
9. Completes required Facility forms and documents to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
10. Assists with scheduling appointments, taking calls, reordering supplies and completing insurance forms.
Other Job Duties
1. Provides training and education to family, residents and staff for occupational therapy.
2. Assists with transporting residents from room to therapy gym, etc.
3. Attends meetings and communicates information in a productive fashion.