Occupational Therapist / PRN
at Volunteers of America

Date Posted: 8/10/2020

Job Description


  • Executive Director, RPT, SLP, Floor Managers, Department Heads, Residents, Families, and Physicians.
  • Supervises occupational therapy assistants and assists nursing with training of restorative aides.
  • Coordinates with members of other departments, committee members and other staff in Occupational Therapy Department.

OBJECTIVE: To provide ongoing therapy to residents in a timely manner per physician’s orders. Communicate resident progress within the facility. The Occupational Therapist evaluates and treats patients, communicates with families, physicians and other health team members and maintains appropriate documentation of services including MDS responsibilities complying with State and Federal regulations. Participates in on-going facility meetings and conducts in-service and training for facility staff on ongoing basis in restorative and maintenance techniques.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Graduate from an Occupational Therapy curriculum accredited jointly by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association, or is eligible for certification by the American Occupational Therapy Association under its requirements.
  • A minimum of one year experience as an Occupational Therapist in a long-term care facility.
  • Ability to understand medical terminology and how it applies to Occupational Therapy in order to communicate effectively with residents, staff and physicians, and to prepare meaningful reports.
  • Coordination and dexterity necessary to manipulate tools and materials while instructing residents.
  • Adequate strength and endurance to meet physical demands involved in using equipment, tools and materials while instructing residents.
  • Must be licensed or registered in state as an Occupational Therapist.
  • Ability to utilize computers and other electronic devices for tasks such as timekeeping, in-servicing and documentation.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Evaluates residents and provides Occupational Therapy upon the written order of the resident’s attending physician.
  • Manages and supervises the Occupational Therapy assistants and/or rehabilitation aides in direct resident/patient care and resident/patient-related activities.
  • Plans, implements, coordinates and evaluates the Occupational Therapy offered by the department (i.e.: assist with scheduling, transportation, filing and mailing).
  • Provides Occupational Therapy to the residents upon written order of the resident’s attending physician and specifically:
    • Evaluates each resident and initiates any ordered treatment(s).
    • Communicates a report on the resident’s progress to the attending physician.
    • Consults with the physician regarding residents’ change of condition as indicated during the course of the treatment.
    • Re-evaluates the resident in conjunction with the attending physician.
  • Supervises the delivery of Occupational Therapy Services on a regular basis to ensure an acceptable level of performance from Occupational Assistants.
  • Prepares and maintains treatment records with progress notes and observations, including:
    • Physician’s orders.
    • Objectives of treatments.
    • Plan of care.
    • Treatment Procedures(s) and baseline clinical data.
    • Evaluation of progress and resident’s response to treatment.
    • Other pertinent information as required by the facility’s policies.
  • Participates in resident care planning conferences when needed to coordinate the care of the residents.
  • Communicate with Director of Rehabilitation and other health team members regarding resident/patient progress, problems and plans.
  • Administers personnel functions of the Occupational Therapy Department:
    • Interviews and hires department personnel; supervises orientation, counsels and/or disciplines employees on infractions of established rules, terminates employees when needed, conducts exit interviews of department personnel.
    • Conducts performance evaluations and recommends wage changes.
    • Develops, implements and maintains work routines and staffing schedules.
    • Initiates and directs in-service training programs for the department.
  • Monitors monthly department expenditures to budget.
  • Participates in Interdisciplinary Team meetings.
  • Completes necessary MDS, PPS documentation and evaluation.
  • Participate in the MDS process as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team.
  • Participate in the PPS team process monitoring minutes of therapy and understanding the PPS systems.
  • Confers with the Director of Rehabilitation on an annual basis relevant to the development and implementation of department objectives with respect to overall facility and organizational goals. Reviews goals and objectives quarterly.
  • Conducts or participates in continuing education programs for facility staff as coordinated by the In-Service Director.
  • Attends required in-services & completes assigned on-line modules.
  • Teaches the residents and/or family members and nursing staff, as needed, and/or program requires, in restorative and maintenance programs.
  • Make rounds with designated nursing personnel on all residents receiving occupational therapy at regular intervals as determined by the Director of Rehabilitation.
  • Assists in ensuring that Occupational Therapy services are provided on a continuous basis without interruption. This includes finding supportive personnel if regular employee is absent due to vacation, sickness, leave of absence or other reasons, excluding Holidays. Assist with finding replacement for Therapist when needed.
  • Supervises maintenance of equipment and supplies, and evaluates and notifies Director of Rehabilitation on a continuing basis of the condition of department’s equipment.
  • Supplies billing information each month to the Director of Rehabilitation.
  • Submits a monthly report, oral or written, to the Executive Director concerning department functions, activities, and expenditures.
  • Recommends to the Executive Director purchases or repairs of department equipment; initiates Executive Director-approved equipment repairs.
  • Manages department inventory control program.
  • Manages department infection control and safety programs.
  • Performs other duties or special assignments as directed by the Director of Rehabilitation.
  • Comply with the Occupational Therapy Practice Act in the state.

Job Requirements

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

    1. Interacts with staff, consultants and outside vendors. 2. May be subjected to interruptions throughout the workday. 3. Exposure to blood, body tissue of fluids. 4. Exposure to hazardous waste materials, dust and loud or unpleasant noises.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to meet these demands:

  • Employee needs ability to move continuously; may cover large distances walking through facility and is on feet consistently.
  • Vision requirements include both near and far vision.
  • Frequently required to bend, stoop, reach, crouch, twist, knell, push and pull; occasionally required to climb, crawl, and balance.
  • Frequent sitting or standing.
  • Frequent repetitive pushing, pulling, grasping and fine manipulation.
  • Frequent resident handling.
  • Occasional lifting from floor.
  • Employee is required to frequently carry up to twenty-five (25) lbs. and to carry up to seventy-five (75) lbs.; frequently required to lift up to one hundred (100) lbs., and occasionally lift up to seventy-five (75) lbs.
  • At times may be required to drive automotive equipment.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in daily work hours and schedule.
  • Ability to hear normal sounds within background noise.
  • Ability to speak clearly and make self understood.
  • Ability to keep attention on task if routinely interrupted.
  • Ability to understand a variety of concepts/approaches.
  • Ability to remember tasks/assignments for a full shift.
  • Ability to work beyond regularly scheduled shift (overtime) when necessary.

Safe Work Performance Expectations

The safety of employees, residents and visitors is of paramount importance to Volunteers of America. Our work place safety program will be incorporated as the standard of practice for this organization. Compliance with these safe work expectations will be required of all employees as a condition of employment. Our organization focus will hold all employees accountable for safety performance equal with quality and production expectations.

Employees will be expected to:

  • Follow correct policy and procedures for department and facility Fire/Disaster/Missing Person Plan. Know the location of fire alarms and extinguishers.
  • Follow correct policy and procedure for hand washing.
  • Follow guidelines for proper method of lifting.
  • All doorways, hallways and areas are to be kept clear.
  • Know the location and purpose of Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  • Follow guidelines for department environment and safety measures.
  • Follow guidelines for safe handling, inspection, maintenance and storage of equipment. Report any malfunction of equipment.
  • Follow guidelines for safe handling and storage of chemicals and supplies.
  • Follow correct policy and procedure for reporting of incidents: staff, residents, etc.

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