Speech Therapist
at Volunteers of America

Date Posted: 11/18/2019

Job Description

The Preserve, a brand new senior care community opening soon has openings for Speech Therapists.

Speech Therapist - PRN

PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS:

Interacts directly with residents, their families, and all levels of staff.

OBJECTIVE:

To provide ongoing therapy to residents in a timely manner per physician’s orders. Communicate progress within the facility of resident progress. The Speech Language Pathologist 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.

  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology, with Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), or the equivalent of minimum of one year experience working with adults with disorders of neurological origin, including language comprehension, expression, cognition, articulation, voice, fluency, swallowing, and hearing. The candidate must also have the ability to function independently within the department.
  • Valid license in Speech Pathology in the state (where applicable) or actively accumulating the supervisory experience required for license.
  • Registration with the Department of Health or eligible.
  • Member of Speech Language Hearing Association.
  • Auditorily and visually integrate and synthesize large amounts of information, (i.e., in-service, evaluations, and therapy tasks).
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication.
  • Read, write, and interpret professional evaluation materials to maintain knowledge in the field, prepare in-services, administer testing and make clinical judgments.
  • Ability to independently reason and solve problems related to self, residents, and others.
  • Handle stress from caseload who may be frustrated with self or frustrating to work with.
  • Good ability to take complex direction and organize self, schedules, etc.
  • Everyday math skills.
  • Interested in geriatric rehabilitation.
  • Able to utilize computers, Servox, augmentative devices 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 and develops appropriate treatment plans to restore or improve communication efficiency for the residents within twenty-four (24) hours of physician referral.
  • Evaluates residents and formulates effective treatment plan per physician request and obtain approval for services from referring physician and third party payors.
  • Initiates ordered treatments and communicates with physician regarding resident’s progress.
  • Documents evaluations, weekly progress notes, discharge summaries, and other pertinent information as required by the facility’s policies, third party payers and stare and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Maintain proper documentation according to state, federal and third party payor regulations.
  • Maintain proper records according to facility policy and procedures.
  • Communicates and collaborates with team members regarding resident’s progress, problems and plans.
  • Participates in rehab conferences at regular intervals.
  • Participates in resident care planning conferences.
  • Provides resident, family, and staff with education as needed.
  • Participates in in-service training programs for staff in facility.
  • Attends required in-services & completes assigned on-line modules
  • Provides in-servicing for staff as coordinated by continuing education department.
  • 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.
  • Monitors monthly department expenditures to budget.
  • Assists in ensuring speech therapy services are provided on a continuous basis without interruption. This includes finding supportive personnel if regular personnel are absent due to vacation, sickness, leave of absence or other reasons.
  • Identify and pursue professional growth by attending/participating in VOA therapy forums, seminars, and conferences.
  • Secures necessary durable medical equipment or adaptive equipment for residents to facilitate independence.
  • 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 facility personnel.
  • 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.
  • Acts as a clinical preceptor for affiliating Speech Language Pathology clinicians during their Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) or actively accumulating the supervised experience required for certification.
  • Comply with the Speech Language Pathology Practice Act in state.
  • Performs other duties or special assignments as directed by the Director of Rehabilitation.

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:

  • Works in office area.
  • Interacts with staff and other personnel.
  • The noise level in the environment may be demanding, and at times stressful.
  • May be subjected to interruptions throughout the day.
  • Exposure to blood, body tissue of fluids.
  • 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:

  • Move within facility. Frequent sitting, standing, with occasional bending, squatting, twisting and reaching.
  • Frequent repetitive pushing, pulling, grasping and fine manipulation.
  • Visually assess and treat residents.
  • Constant clear verbal communication by phone or face to face.
  • Handle physically active or disabled and uncooperative residents.
  • Move wheelchairs, lifting and carrying therapy materials up to fifty (50) pounds and perform ordinary tasks.
  • Occasional lifting from floor up to ten (10) pounds.
  • Hearing acuity and processing within normal limits (aided) to work with a variety of voice volumes.
  • 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 bend, stoop, squat, twist, reach, crouch, knell, push and pull; occasionally required to climb, crawl, and balance.
  • 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.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in daily work hours and schedule.
  • Frequent resident handling.
  • 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 Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
  • 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.

Job Functions

Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, this job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you may be required to perform. The omission of specific descriptions of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or can be considered essential to this position.

 

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