PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS: Nursing staff, Social Services, Associated Therapies, Auxiliary Departments, Department Heads, and Family Members. May supervise physical therapy assistants, physical therapy aides and assists nursing with training of restorative aides. Coordinates with members of other departments, committee members and other staff in Physical Therapy Department.
OBJECTIVE: The Physical Therapist evaluates and treats clients, communicates with families, physicians and other health team members and maintains appropriate documentation of services complying with State and Federal regulations.
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.
- 1. Graduate from a physical therapy curriculum approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and is currently licensed in the state in which working as a Physical Therapist.
- A minimum of one year experience as a physical therapist preferably in a long-term care facility.
- Able to understand medical terminology and how it applies to physical therapy, to communicate with clients, staff, physicians, and to prepare meaningful reports.
- Spatial and form perception are necessary to visualize anatomical structure of the disabled part of the body and the relation to therapeutic devices in remedial actions.
- Coordination and dexterity are necessary when treating clients and handling therapeutic equipment.
- Ability to communicate with clients to establish favorable attitude and to motivate the clients to desired cooperation and effort in his/her rehabilitation development.
- Possesses adequate strength and endurance to meet the physical demands involved in moving clients and equipment into position for treatment and in manipulating equipment and clients.
- Be willing to work Saturdays and to travel to other Volunteers of America Care Centers.
- If operating company vehicle you must be twenty-one (21) years of age and meet the MVR organization standards.
- Interested in geriatric rehabilitation.
- Be compliant with the ethics and standards of practice as adopted by the American Physical Therapy association.
- 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.
- Assesses the rehabilitation needs of the clients and informs the physicians and nursing staff of those needs within twenty-four (24) hours of physician referral or the next working day.
- Plans a total program of rehabilitation for the clients in coordination with the facility staff, in order to help the clients achieve and maintain their potential abilities and independence in activities of daily living. Develop effective treatment plans and obtain approval for services from referring physician and third party payors.
- Plans, coordinates, implements, and evaluates the physical therapy programs offered by the department.
- Provides physical therapy to the clients upon the written order of the attending physician and specifically:
- Evaluates each client and initiates any ordered treatment(s).
- Maintains a line of communication with appropriate agencies for prior and continuing authorization of therapy treatment.
- Communicates a report regarding the clients' progress to attending physician.
- Consults with the physician regarding clients' change of condition as indicated during the course of treatment.
- Re-evaluates the client in conjunction with the attending physician.
- Supervises the operation of physical therapy services to ensure an acceptable level of performance from assistants and support
- Prepares and maintains treatment records with progress notes and observations, including:
- Physician's orders.
- Objectives of treatments.
- Plan of care.
- Treatment procedure(s) and baseline clinical data.
- Evaluation of progress and client's response to treatment.
- Other pertinent information as required by facility's policies.
- Supervise physical therapy assistants and/or physical therapy aides in direct client care and client-related activities as necessary.
- Participates in client care planning conferences, on all initial conferences, on those conferences for clients on physical therapy programs, and when requested by nursing for specific clients.
- Communicate with Director of Allied Services, Supervisor, Administrator and other health team members regarding client progress, problems and plans.
- Participate as a member of the interdisciplinary team.
- Teaches appropriate physical therapy procedures and supportive activities to clients, family members (as needed), and other health care personnel who share responsibility for clients care in a variety of settings.
- Secure necessary durable medical equipment for clients in restorative and maintenance programs as applicable.
- Assists in ensuring that physical therapy services are provided on a continuous basis without interruption. This includes assists in securing personnel if regular employee is absent due to vacation, sickness, leave of absence, or other reason, (excluding Holidays.
- Participates in the maintenance of equipment and supplies, and evaluates and notifies Director of Rehabilitation and Director of Clinical Services, on a continuing basis, of the condition of therapy equipment.
- Maintain proper documentation according to state, federal and third party payor regulations.
- Maintain proper records according to facility policy and procedures.
- Comply with the Physical Therapy Practice Act in the state.
- Attends required in-services & completes assigned on-line modules.
- Performs other duties or special assignments as directed by the Director of Rehabilitation or Director of Clinical Services.
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:
- Interacts with staff, consultants and outside vendors.
- May be subjected to interruptions throughout the workday.
- Exposure to blood, body tissue of fluids.
- Exposure to hazardous waste materials, dust and loud or unpleasant noises.
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 client handling.
- Occasional lifting from floor.
- Employee is required to frequently lift up to fifty (50) pounds.
- At times may be required to drive automotive equipment.
Safe Work Performance Expectations
The safety of employees, clients 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, clients, etc.