SUMMARY: Responsible for the day to day Physical Therapy treatments and evaluation of patient’s needs. The physical therapy assistant provides physical therapy services in accordance with agency policies and governing regulations
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
1. Provides physical therapy according to a written physician’s plan of care.
2. Provides delivery of PT services in accordance with the primary P.T plan of care and in compliance with state regulations that pertain to PTAs.
3. Follows Certified Home Health policies and procedures.
4. Communicates patient’s physical therapy needs to Physical Therapists, or appropriate staff members.
5. Promotes a positive, calm, and effective work environment throughout the unit that contributes to staff recruitment, retention, and reduces turnover.
6. Attends all in-service education programs mandated by the CHH department, Corporate, State, and Federal guidelines.
7. Utilizes appropriate resources and maintains open communication with all staff members to promote coordinated and efficient care.
8. Demonstrates awareness of potential hazards and reports unsafe conditions to appropriate staff to maintain a safe environment for patients, families and staff.
9. Adheres to strict infection control guidelines as evidenced by appropriate use of personal protective equipment.
10. Provides care that ensures patients are free from abuse, mistreatment and neglect, and reports any such incidents to the appropriate center staff.
11. Provides privacy and maintains confidentiality and ensures patients’ independence and right to make personal decisions to accommodate their needs in accordance with the patient’s interdisciplinary care plan.
12. Charges medical supplies to patients appropriately.
13. Is a positive representative of the home health agency and community at all times. Is pleasant, respectful and courteous in all interactions with patients, families and staff.
14. Involved in fiscal management of supplies and equipment purchases, when requested.
15. Is pleasant, respectful, and courteous in all interactions with patients, families, staff and visitors.
16. May participate in audits for physical therapy documentation and other quality assurance indicators.
17. Demonstrates commitment to continuous quality improvement in all job responsibilities.
18. The physical therapist assistant may be requested to visit patients that live outside of the community gates. This would require driving own vehicle or using public transportation to client locations (ACH, BBV, FRV and GSV)
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.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Must demonstrate good judgment when doing physical therapy and giving necessary feedback to primary Physical Therapist. Graduate of degree in Physical Therapy Assistant program approved by the APTA. Two or three years clinical experience preferred. Experience in geriatric care and home health is preferred.
Good speaking skills to be understood by patients and staff.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, REGISTRATIONS:
Possess a valid current Physical Therapy Assistant State license where applicable.