Work in Iowa Healthcare Jobs

Job Information

Immanuel Physical Therapist - Full Time Days - Immanuel Pathways Southwest Iowa in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Provides physical therapy services to participants of the Immanuel Pathways. Provides clinical physical therapy evaluation and treatment for program participants on acute, restorative or maintenance levels as needed by Participant Center, Nursing Home or in-home setting. Integrates the physical therapy treatment plan into the Interdisciplinary Team plan of care. Assists in the ordering, inventory, distribution and maintenance of durable medical equipment for participants. Supports and lives out Immanuel’s Mission and CHRIST Promises.

Requirements of Job:

  • Be legally authorized (currently licensed or if applicable, certified or registered) to practice the job’s function and actions in the respective state in which he/she is employed.

  • Only act within the scope of his/her authority to practice in the respective state in which he/she is employed.

  • Agree to abide by the philosophy, practices, and protocols of the PACE organization.

  • Job specific competencies for the Physical Therapist will be met prior to assuming participant care.

  • Incumbent may be asked to cover for a counterpart at a different PACE Pathways site on a fill-in basis for a short duration.


Key Areas

Key Responsibilities and Duties of the Job

70% Participant Care and Therapy

  • Conducts an initial in-person comprehensive physical therapy assessment on all Immanuel Pathways participants upon enrollment and coordinates with the Interdisciplinary Team on a Plan of Care for each participant.

  • Conducts an in-person reassessment minimally every six months or as needed

  • Evaluates participant’s needs. Follows-up with participants during treatment, explaining precautions to take. Discusses condition and treatment plans and recommends solutions to participants care problems with Interdisciplinary Team.

  • Provides treatment to participants and implements physical therapy procedures consistent in achieving identified goals. Grades activities to facilitate goals. Confers with Interdisciplinary Team on participants care issues.

  • Evaluates charts and reports on participant’s progress, documents physical therapy notes in the participant’s medical record. Fulfills Immanuel Pathways charting and reporting requirements.

  • Assesses the need for adaptive Durable Medical Equipment (DME), specialized shoes and prosthesis followed by recommendations to Interdisciplinary Team. Receives authorization prior to purchases. Assesses all newly issued orthotic shoes, braces and prosthetics for appropriateness and proper fit.

  • Conducts assessment and coordination of home modification program including installation of equipment and other changes to support independence and safety.

  • Provides evaluation/treatment on acute, restorative and maintenance levels to participants.

  • Functions as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT). Maintains regular attendance at, and participates in team meetings; communicates participant changes, collaborates on plan of care decisions and coordination for twenty-four (24) hour care delivery.

  • Assists as liaison with Immanuel Pathways nursing home and assisted living staff regarding physical therapy needs of participants who are their residents.

  • Educates and instructs participants and family members regarding in-home exercise programs; gait training; transfers; Activity of Daily Living (ADL); home modifications; care and us of equipment.

  • Assists with data collection and prepares reports. Maintains any necessary participant statistics.

15% Compliance

  • Recommends physical therapy policies and procedures concerning services provided. Maintains quality assurance program, safety, environmental and infection controls.

  • Acts within the scope of his or her authority to practice.

  • Maintains department in a clean and orderly manner. Keeps equipment in good working condition according to manufactures recommendations.

  • Follows all Immanuel Pathways policies and procedures, and Physical Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety guidelines.

  • Complies with state applicable Home Health Licensure regulations for home care.

  • Protects privacy and maintains confidentiality of all company procedures, results and information about employees, participants and families.

  • Implements Exposure Control Plan.

  • Complies with Emergency Preparedness Plan.

  • Uses proper lifting and push/pull techniques; uses gate belt assistance on participant transfers.

  • Participates in and supports Quality Improvement Initiatives.

5% Staff Management

  • Assists in training and provides ongoing education and clinical supervision for Physical Therapist Assistant(s). Adheres to department policy and physical therapy practice laws on Physical Therapy Association practice and reports to direct supervisor regarding these issues.

  • Trains Immanuel Pathways staff in body mechanics, use of equipment, transfers, gait patterns, and methods to maximize safety and functional abilities in performing ADL’s.

  • Performs competencies on appropriate direct care staff as needed.

  • Ensures that the job responsibilities, authorities, and accountabilities of direct reports are defined and understood.

5% Other

  • Performs other duties as required or requested.

  • Participates in continuing education classes and any required staff and training meetings.

  • Maintains professional affiliations and any required certifications.


  • Graduate of a physical therapy curriculum approved by one of the following: the American Physical Therapy Association, the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association, the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the American Physical Therapy Association, or other equivalent organizations approved by the Secretary.


  • One (1) year of experience working with the frail or elderly population required, or completion of job specific training related to working with the elderly population must be completed within the first six months of hire.

  • Two (2) years of appropriate experience as a physical therapist and have achieved a satisfactory grade on a proficiency examination conducted, approved, or sponsored by the U.S. Public Health Service.

  • One (1) year of management experience, preferably in a geriatric care setting required.

Other Requirements-

  • Must have medical clearance for communicable diseases and up-to-date immunizations before having direct participant contact.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and have means of transportation.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Skills i.e. Health Care Level Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); Automated External Defibrillator (AED); First Aide (FA).

KSA- Knowledge Skills and Abilities-

  • Knowledge of physical, psychosocial and behavioral needs of the elderly population.

  • Knowledge of practice boundaries for Physical Therapist and Physical Therapy Assistant (P.T.A.)

  • Skilled in computer basics.

  • Skilled in effective listening, as well as, written and oral communication.

  • Ability in problem resolution with application of good judgment.

  • Ability to efficiently and effectively manage multiple priorities.

  • Ability to chart via Electronic Health Records

  • Proven experience and basic computer proficiency (internet, email, Microsoft Office)

Posting Title: Physical Therapist - Full Time Days - Immanuel Pathways Southwest Iowa

Job ID: 2021-4393

External Company URL:

Street: 1702 North 16th Street