PURPOSE OF THIS POSITION:
Perform requested and/or screened therapy services following established policy/procedure for adult and geriatric patient populations in the community and assisted living facilities. Perform assessments and daily visits as established by plan of care and/or MD orders. Provide continuing education to patient, family members, caregivers and others involved in the case via HEP, in-servicing and case conferences. Adhere to company QA/OBQI initiatives and state and federal regulations.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Obtains patient’s informed consent to treatment.
- Performs home safety/fall risk assessments and document appropriately.
- Plans, prepares and carries out individually-designed programs of physical treatment to maintain, improve or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain and prevent physical dysfunction in patients.
- Performs and documents an OASIS/initial assessment, evaluating the data to identify problems and determine a plan of care/intervention within 24-48 hours of referrals.
- Evaluates effects of treatments at various stages and adjusts treatments to achieve maximum benefits.
- Administers appropriate modalities (manual and physical agents) to help relieve pain, increase strength, decrease/prevent deformity or crippling, and increase quality of life.
- Instructs patient, family, and caregivers in treatment procedures/plan of care.
- Instructs patient, family, and caregivers in home exercise program.
- Confers with the patient, medical practitioners and appropriate others to plan, implement and assess the intervention program.
- Reviews medical records and physician referral to help determine plan of care and intervention.
- Records prognosis, treatment, response, and progress in patient’s chart or enters information into the computer.
- Discharges patient from speech language pathology therapy when goals/outcomes have been attained and provides for appropriate follow-up or referrals as needed.
- Tests and measures patient’s strength, motor development, sensation, function, respiratory/circulatory function and overall quality of life, and records data appropriately.
- Identifies and documents goals, anticipated progress, and plan for reevaluation every 6th visit.
- Provides information to the patient about the proposed intervention, its material risk and any reasonable alternatives.
- Refers to the appropriate practitioner if a finding is revealed out of the scope of the practice.
- Directs and supervises supportive personnel, assessing their competence, delegating specific tasks to them and establishing channels of communication.
- Teaches speech language pathology therapy students as well as those in other health professions.
- Provides educational information about speech language pathology therapy and speech language pathologists in injury prevention, ergonomics, safety, and ways to promote health to our customers and community.
- Refers clients to community resources and services.
- Conducts and supports research and applies research findings to practice.
- Follows best practices as outlined in handbook.
- Follows guidelines as indicated in employee handbook.
- Participates in QA/OBQI initiatives with problem solving via action items.
- Performs assessments within 3 business days after the start of care.
- Documentation of notes will be submitted within 24 hours of performing the visit.
- Attendance at staff meetings is mandatory. If unable to attend, must follow-up with supervisor.
- Possesses thorough knowledge of and maintains strict adherence to AHN Healthcare@Home’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values.
- Performs other duties as assigned by management.
- Individual to hold amaster's or doctoraldegree in speech-language pathology, and must be either:
- Licensed as a speech-language pathologist by the state in which he or she furnishes such services; or
- In the case of an individual who furnishes services in a state which does not license speech-language pathologists:
- Has successfully completed 350 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum (or is in the process of accumulating supervised clinical experience);
- Performed not less than nine months of supervised full-time speech-language pathology services after obtaining a master’s or doctoral degree in speech- language pathology or a related field; and
- Successfully completed a national examination in speech-language pathology approved by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Masters or better.
1 year:• Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from an accredited university required. • Previous home health experiencepreferred. • Please review above requirements
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