Speech Language Pathologist

VNA TIP HealthCare   •  

Hershey, PA

Less than 5 years

Posted 184 days ago

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:

  1. Obtains patient’s informed consent to treatment.
  2. Performs home safety/fall risk assessments and document appropriately.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Evaluates effects of treatments at various stages and adjusts treatments to achieve maximum benefits.
  6. Administers appropriate modalities (manual and physical agents) to help relieve pain, increase strength, decrease/prevent deformity or crippling, and increase quality of life.
  7. Instructs patient, family, and caregivers in treatment procedures/plan of care.
  8. Instructs patient, family, and caregivers in home exercise program.
  9. Confers with the patient, medical practitioners and appropriate others to plan, implement and assess the intervention program.
  10. Reviews medical records and physician referral to help determine plan of care and intervention.
  11. Records prognosis, treatment, response, and progress in patient’s chart or enters information into the computer.
  12. Discharges patient from speech language pathology therapy when goals/outcomes have been attained and provides for appropriate follow-up or referrals as needed.
  13. Tests and measures patient’s strength, motor development, sensation, function, respiratory/circulatory function and overall quality of life, and records data appropriately.
  14. Identifies and documents goals, anticipated progress, and plan for reevaluation every 6th visit.
  15. Provides information to the patient about the proposed intervention, its material risk and any reasonable alternatives.
  16. Refers to the appropriate practitioner if a finding is revealed out of the scope of the practice.
  17. Directs and supervises supportive personnel, assessing their competence, delegating specific tasks to them and establishing channels of  communication.
  18. Teaches speech language pathology therapy students as well as those in other health professions.
  19. 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.
  20. Refers clients to community resources and services.
  21. Conducts and supports research and applies research findings to practice.
  22. Follows best practices as outlined in handbook.
  23. Follows guidelines as indicated in employee handbook.
  24. Participates in QA/OBQI initiatives with problem solving via action items.
  25. Performs assessments within 3 business days after the start of care.
  26. Documentation of notes will be submitted within 24 hours of performing the visit.
  27. Attendance at staff meetings is mandatory. If unable to attend, must follow-up with supervisor.
  28. Possesses thorough knowledge of and maintains strict adherence to AHN Healthcare@Home’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values.
  29. Performs other duties as assigned by management.

Requirements

  •  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. 

Qualifications

Education

Required

Masters or better.

Experience

Required

1 year:• Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from an accredited university required. • Previous home health experiencepreferred. • Please review above requirements

Licenses & Certifications

Required

Drivers License

Preferred

SLP License

SPEEC02681