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Top Home Care Physical Therapist Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a home care physical therapist. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of home care physical therapist resumes they appeared on. For example, 14.5% of home care physical therapist resumes contained restore function as a skill. Let's find out what skills a home care physical therapist actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

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The six most common skills found on Home Care Physical Therapist resumes in 2020. Read below to see the full list.

1. Restore Function

high Demand

Here's how Restore Function is used in Home Care Physical Therapist jobs:
  • Observed and practiced physical therapy examination skills, functional mobility training, balance assessments, safe guarding techniques, vital signs monitoring
  • Provided physical therapy to restore function, improve mobility, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities among acutely ill patients.
  • Evaluate and assess patient functional mobility limitations and needs while developing achievable functional goals to appropriately prepare for successful discharge.
  • Use of an evidence based practices to help restore function in patients primarily suffering from non-operative and post-operative orthopedic injuries.
  • Evaluated and assessed patients in a sub-acute setting to establish functional, measurable goals that promote restoration of functional mobility.
  • Restored functional mobility for patients following illness and injury while preventing further impairments for improved quality of life.

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2. Patient Care

high Demand

Here's how Patient Care is used in Home Care Physical Therapist jobs:
  • Coordinated and supervised patient care with Physical Therapist assistant.
  • Coordinate and supervise patient care, monitor patient progress, and adjust treatment and discharge plan accordingly.
  • Coordinate patient care needs with Physicians, Nurses, and Occupational Therapist.
  • Promote safe and therapeutic interdisciplinary patient care through consultation, supervision, effective communication and training of direct care staff.
  • Performed ongoing inpatient/outpatient care assessment and data collection, focusing on emotional and cognitive status.
  • Communicated with physician nurses related therapy providers and case managers to provide total patient care.

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3. Medicare

high Demand

Here's how Medicare is used in Home Care Physical Therapist jobs:
  • Complete Oasis documentation in compliance with Managed Care and Medicare requirements.
  • Experienced in Medicare documentation requirements, OASIS, electronic record documentation, supervision and instruction of PTAs.
  • Gained experience with the geriatric population as well as Medicare billing and documentation requirements.
  • Participated in Medicare meetings and determined discharge plans.
  • Maximized reimbursement due to knowledge and proficiency in Medicare regulations and documentation.
  • Provide appropriate and timely documentation to support outcomes for the purpose of reimbursement from payer sources including Medicare and private insurance.

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4. Physical Therapy Services

high Demand

Here's how Physical Therapy Services is used in Home Care Physical Therapist jobs:
  • Worked in independent private practice to provide home based physical therapy services in Mumbai, India.
  • Provided physical therapy services in the home for a broad range of diagnoses to home bound patients of all ages.
  • Provide home physical therapy services in the Lehigh Valley.
  • Performed orthopedic/neurological skilled physical therapy treatments
  • Provide physical therapy services for a wide range of patients including primarily orthopedics and adult neurological and geriatrics, and sports injuries
  • Provide outpatient physical therapy services in a busy private practice clinic specializing in chronic pain, complex conditions and spinal rehabilitation.

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5. Treatment Plans

high Demand

Here's how Treatment Plans is used in Home Care Physical Therapist jobs:
  • Job Description: Responsible for evaluating/assessing needs of referred patients and formulating treatment plans in a home care environment.
  • Established treatment plans to improve patient's function and ADL.
  • Documented patients' progress and completed evaluations, discharge summaries, home-program treatment plans and other forms.
  • Conducted initial rehab assessments, developed exercise prescriptions and prepared individualized treatment plans for phase II cardiac and pulmonary rehab patients.
  • Develop and implement individualized treatment plans addressing family relationship problems, destructive patterns of behavior, and other personal issues.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary treatment team meetings to develop/update treatment plans and evaluate patient diagnosis, treatment progress, and prognosis.

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6. Health Care

high Demand

Here's how Health Care is used in Home Care Physical Therapist jobs:
  • Provided health care and promoted injury prevention/wellness to 7,840 beneficiaries isolated from customary medical resources in extreme arctic conditions.
  • Consulted with physicians and other health care workers, assuring satisfactory patient progress during different phases of rehabilitation
  • Licensed Physical Therapist in DE Certified in First Aide for the Health Care Provider.
  • Care coordination with Physician, Case managers, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, and other related health care personnel.
  • Confer with other health care professionals and with referring physician any signs and symptoms that needs immediate medical attention.
  • Provide home health care for orthopedic, neurological and cardiac patients.

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7. OWN Homes

high Demand

Here's how OWN Homes is used in Home Care Physical Therapist jobs:
  • Evaluate and treat patients in their own homes, instructing them in home exercise programs, home safety and mobility.

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8. Specific Needs

high Demand

Here's how Specific Needs is used in Home Care Physical Therapist jobs:
  • Customized treatments using a broad range of physical therapy techniques to meet the specific needs of patients.
  • Educated patients and families regarding specific needs of patient.
  • Excelled in determining patient's learning style and customize and/or adapt therapy programs to meet the specific needs of patients.

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9. Community Resources

high Demand

Here's how Community Resources is used in Home Care Physical Therapist jobs:
  • Provided help to protect children and prevent out-of-home placement by alleviating crisis situations, strengthening family competencies and utilizing community resources.
  • Referred clients to other community resources in areas related to housing, educational/vocational preparation, and other mental health issues.
  • Conduct individual and family therapy with youth and families including assessment, diagnosis and consultation with professionals and community resources.
  • Diagnosed clients and determined eligibility for services, referring clients who did not match priority population to appropriate community resources.
  • Researched and referred clients and/or families to community resources or other specialists; maintained accurate and ongoing administrative responsibilities.
  • Coordinated community resources, provided job development, placement and supported employment and revised social security grant program.

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10. Homebound Patients

high Demand

Here's how Homebound Patients is used in Home Care Physical Therapist jobs:
  • Developed, implemented, and assessed physical therapy treatment programs for homebound patients.
  • Provide physical therapy evaluations and treatments to homebound patients following hospital discharge.
  • Provide evaluation and treatment for homebound patients.
  • Provide extensive in-home care to homebound patients.
  • Provided physical therapy for homebound patients..

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11. Family Education

average Demand

Here's how Family Education is used in Home Care Physical Therapist jobs:
  • Facilitated environmental modifications, provided patient and family education and advocated to enhance patient's social support systems.
  • Provided comprehensive evaluations, designed treatment plans, performed discharge planning and family education.
  • Implemented physical therapy programs, staff training programs, and patient/family educational programs.
  • Home safety assessments and family education on functional modification equipment and safety measures.
  • Direct involvement with team conferences, patient/family education and home evaluations.
  • Develop and implement individualized patient care plan and patient/family education.

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12. Adaptive Equipment

average Demand

Here's how Adaptive Equipment is used in Home Care Physical Therapist jobs:
  • Evaluate and write letters of necessity to obtain adaptive equipment including: mobility devices, adaptive seating device and positioning devices.
  • Assess, design and custom fit the appropriate adaptive equipment for children ages 3-21 in the home and school setting.

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13. Gait Training

average Demand

Here's how Gait Training is used in Home Care Physical Therapist jobs:
  • Developed and implemented appropriate individualized care plans, including manual therapeutic exercises, gait training, balance, and other interventions.
  • Preformed rehabilitation treatments with patients including therapeutic exercise, gait training, balance improvement, and patient education.
  • Performed manual therapy, instructed and monitored exercise progression, performed gait training, and utilized aquatic therapy.
  • Conducted subjective examination, objective examination, gait training, case management, collaboration in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Administered therapeutic exercise, transfer and gait training, functional mobility training, balance activities and family/caregiver training.
  • Utilized techniques including gait training, postural re-education, therapeutic exercise prescription, and electrical stimulation.

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14. PTA

average Demand

Here's how PTA is used in Home Care Physical Therapist jobs:
  • Sole therapist overseeing PTA, technician, and office staff.
  • Present in-services to PT's, PTA's, residents, PA's and interns as appropriate.

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15. POC

average Demand

Here's how POC is used in Home Care Physical Therapist jobs:
  • Administered and completed initial patient evaluation/assessments, as well as individualized PT POC's for acute inpatient population.
  • Screened and evaluated long-term residents and determined appropriate POC based on medical and functional mobility history.
  • Conducted comprehensive evaluations and created appropriate POC for patients.
  • Communicate with case managers, nursing staff and physicians regarding patient POC, progress, discharge requirements and safety at home.
  • Review PT/PTA notes to ensure POC is being carried out and documented appropriately to ensure compliance with insurance guidelines.
  • Presented patient findings at Medicare meetings to coordinate POC with SLP, OT, and Social Work.

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16. Therapeutic Exercises

average Demand

Here's how Therapeutic Exercises is used in Home Care Physical Therapist jobs:
  • Adapted conventional physical therapy techniques to meet needs of patients unable to voluntarily carry out a regimen of therapeutic exercises.
  • Selected appropriate manual therapy techniques, therapeutic exercises, and instituted patient education programs to achieve individualized functional goals.
  • Participated in wound care, utilized manual therapy and therapeutic exercises as well as provided patient and family education.
  • Coached injured patients to perform therapeutic exercises properly while empathizing with their pain in a fast paced cost-sensitive environment.
  • Performed Physical Therapy evaluations and treatments for individuals in their home setting using primarily therapeutic exercises and therapeutic activities.
  • Evaluated patients and administered therapeutic exercises and activities to improve function and allow patients to transition to home

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Online Courses For Home Care Physical Therapists

One of the best ways to acquire the skills needed to be a home care physical therapist is to take an online course. We've identified some online courses from Udemy and Coursera that will help you advance in your career. Since home care physical therapists benefit from having skills like restore function, patient care, and medicare, we found courses that will help you improve these skills.

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Foundations for Assisting in Home Care
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Palliative Care Always
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Palliative Care Always is a specialization for health care practitioners, patients and caregivers. We've designed this specialization to demonstrate how palliative medicine integrates with patient care, and to help you develop primary palliative care skills. Over the next five courses, you will develop skills in symptom management, goals of care and effective communication to improve the quality of life for patients and families suffering with serious illness. Our hope is that you feel increasin...

Newborn Baby Care
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A newborn baby is an amazing beautiful life filled with hope. Unfortunately, many babies die or experience preventable harm even in 21st century. It is imperative that babies who are born healthy get off to a healthy start in the first month of life. There are some easy tenets of care to implement that help ensure that babies and families get off to a healthy start no matter where they are in the world. In this specialization learners will acquire the skills necessary for newborn baby care to op...

Symptom Management in Palliative Care
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This course should be taken after the Essentials of Palliative Care course and continues building your primary palliative care skills - communication, psychosocial support and goals of care. You will learn how to screen, assess, and manage both physical and psychological symptoms. You will explore common symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue, and distress and learn specific treatments. You will continue to follow Sarah and Tim's experience and learn cultural competencies critical for optimal sy...

Essentials of Palliative Care
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This course starts you on your journey of integrating primary palliative care into your daily lives. You will learn what palliative care is, how to communicate with patients, show empathy, and practice difficult conversations. You will learn how to screen for distress and provide psychosocial support. You will learn about goals of care and advance care planning and how to improve your success with having these conversations with patients. Finally, you will explore important cultural consideratio...

What is Palliative Care?
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Palliative care provides invaluable help for patients living with serious or life-limiting illness and their family caregivers. Palliative care should be part of healthcare services to improve quality of life, the ability to tolerate and benefit from treatment and improve survival. In this course, you will learn about the nature of suffering and how this concept can help you understand the experience of people living with serious illness. Next, you will learn skills to more effectively communica...

Health for All Through Primary Health Care
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This course explores why primary health care is central for achieving Health for All. It provides examples of how primary health care has been instrumental in approaching this goal in selected populations and how the principles of primary health care can guide future policies and actions. Two of the most inspiring, least understood, and most often derided terms in global health discourse are "Health for All" and "Primary Health Care." In this course, we will explore these terms in the context of...

Trauma Emergencies and Care
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Welcome to Trauma Emergencies and Care. In this course, you will learn about some of the mechanics and physics of trauma on the human body, and how this can cause injury. You will continue to expand your new vocabulary with medical terminology, and learn how to describe the different injuries you may see. You will also learn about the trauma system itself- and when it is important to transport patients to a trauma center. Then we will dive into specific injuries based on what part of the body ma...

Palliative Care: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore
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Health Care Delivery in Healthcare Organizations
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Health Care Innovation
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Pain Management: Easing Pain in Palliative Care
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Emergency Care: Pregnancy, Infants, and Children
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Managing Your Health: The Role of Physical Therapy and Exercise
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Global Quality Maternal and Newborn Care
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20 Most Common Skill For A Home Care Physical Therapist

Restore Function14.5%
Patient Care13.2%
Medicare10.1%
Physical Therapy Services9.8%
Treatment Plans9.8%
Health Care8.7%
OWN Homes4.8%
Specific Needs4.4%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Home Care Physical Therapist

RankascdescSkillascdescPercentage of ResumesPercentageascdesc
1
1
Restore Function
Restore Function
14.5%
14.5%
2
2
Patient Care
Patient Care
13.2%
13.2%
3
3
Medicare
Medicare
10.1%
10.1%
4
4
Physical Therapy Services
Physical Therapy Services
9.8%
9.8%
5
5
Treatment Plans
Treatment Plans
9.8%
9.8%
6
6
Health Care
Health Care
8.7%
8.7%
7
7
OWN Homes
OWN Homes
4.8%
4.8%
8
8
Specific Needs
Specific Needs
4.4%
4.4%
9
9
Community Resources
Community Resources
3.6%
3.6%
10
10
Homebound Patients
Homebound Patients
2.6%
2.6%
11
11
Family Education
Family Education
2.4%
2.4%
12
12
Adaptive Equipment
Adaptive Equipment
2.1%
2.1%
13
13
Gait Training
Gait Training
1.9%
1.9%
14
14
PTA
PTA
1.9%
1.9%
15
15
POC
POC
1.7%
1.7%
16
16
Therapeutic Exercises
Therapeutic Exercises
1.5%
1.5%
17
17
Insurance Companies
Insurance Companies
1.3%
1.3%
18
18
Interdisciplinary Meetings
Interdisciplinary Meetings
0.8%
0.8%
19
19
Crisis Intervention
Crisis Intervention
0.8%
0.8%
20
20
Special Education
Special Education
0.8%
0.8%
21
21
RN
RN
0.6%
0.6%
22
22
Individual Patients
Individual Patients
0.5%
0.5%
23
23
Medicaid
Medicaid
0.5%
0.5%
24
24
Proper Body Mechanics
Proper Body Mechanics
0.4%
0.4%
25
25
Fall Risk
Fall Risk
0.3%
0.3%
26
26
Functional Outcomes
Functional Outcomes
0.2%
0.2%
27
27
DME
DME
0.2%
0.2%
28
28
Initial Evaluations
Initial Evaluations
0.2%
0.2%
29
29
ROM
ROM
0.1%
0.1%
30
30
ADL
ADL
0.1%
0.1%
31
31
ALF
ALF
0.1%
0.1%
32
32
Safety Measures
Safety Measures
0%
0%
33
33
Pediatrics
Pediatrics
0%
0%
34
34
CVA
CVA
0%
0%
35
35
Joint Injections
Joint Injections
0%
0%
36
36
Assess Patients
Assess Patients
0%
0%

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