Occupational Therapist/Certified Occupational Assistant
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The Occupational Therapist/Occupational Therapy Assistant, (OT/COTA) is responsible to the Rehabilitation Manager for the delivery of patient care through the process of evaluation, planning, and implementation, and other duties as assigned. The OT/COTA functions within the limits of the Missouri Occupational Therapy Practice Act and performs in a comparable manner to peers with similar training, experience, and circumstances.Department Specific Skills:
ADL Training & Documentation: The therapist/therapy assistant was able to follow policy and procedure for ADL training and documentation. Demonstrates knowledge of complications and use of critical thinking skills in preventing and correcting any problems. Observed consideration of particulars of the patient population served (such as age, developmental and educational levels, disabilities, language skills, gender and cultural/ethnic background) that may influence the performance of skills. Documentation of procedure thorough and specific to patient.
Transfer Training & Documentation: The therapist/therapy assistant was able to follow policy and procedure for balance testing and documentation. Demonstrates knowledge of complications and use of critical thinking skills in preventing and correcting any problems. Observed consideration of particulars of the patient population served (such as age, developmental and educational levels, disabilities, language skills, gender and cultural/ethnic background) that may influence the performance of skills. Documentation of procedure thorough and specific to patient.
Education: BS degree in Occupational Therapy from an American Occupational Therapy Association and an American Medical Association accredited program.
Minimum Work Experience:
Minimum one (1) year experience in the hospital setting. Minimum one (1) year experience in an acute rehab facility or equivalent serving the adult population. Six (6) months home care experience preferred. Computer skills preferred.
Certifications / Licenses:
A valid Driver's license is required.
Must possess current MO state license to practice Occupational therapy or Certified as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to be flexible with hours and to work under pressure
Ability to communicate effectively and document information accurately, deal efficiently with a wide variety of individuals, work independently and prioritize activities. ·
Ability to deal efficiently and effectively with a wide variety of individuals. ·
Ability to interact effectively with coworkers, supervisors, management, patients
and others with whom he or she may interact. ·
Ability to learn required procedures and perform them safely. ·
Ability to maintain confidentiality is crucial. ·
Ability to prioritize and manage time effectively. ·
Administers treatment and rehabilitative activities by following physician?s orders through therapeutic use of functional or restorative activities. Devises, fabricates, and/or assists in obtaining and fitting orthotic, prosthetic, and self-help devices. ·
Consults regularly with patient?s physician regarding plan of treatment, reporting any changes in condition or home environment. Reports all accidents or unusual symptoms of patients to the Rehab or nurse manager. ·
Critical thinking. ·
Demonstrates ability to adapt to changing priorities. ·
Educates the patient and/or family in the home occupational therapy program, use of appropriate equipment, and discharge planning. ·
Must be customer service oriented and maintain a positive attitude. ·
Provides supervision and guidance for COTAs. ·
Utilizes appropriate evaluation tools to identify problems. Formulates realistic goals and treatment plans to assist the patient in achieving highest possible level of function.
Mental / Physical Requirement: (May be met with appropriate accommodations if deemed necessary): Ability to stand and walk for long periods of time and to walk up and down flights of stairs. Ability to receive and express detailed information through oral communications, visual acuity, and the ability to read and understand written directions. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Ability to lift, transfer, and move patient with weights of 10 – 200+ pounds and who vary with ability to assist. Ability to safely operate an automobile.Work Environment:
Frequent exposure to communicable disease via blood and body fluids. Frequent exposure to infectious diseases and hostile persons at times. Works with sharps and other potentially biohazardous materials. Variation in environmental temperatures. Exposure to various community environments.