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UnityPoint Health Occupational Therapist-Home Care in Dubuque, Iowa

We are looking for a PRN staff to work in our Homecare department as a Occupational Therapist. This position is as needed, therefore you will be helping to cover high census, vacation time, etc... The Occuapational Therapist work Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, so you would fill in sometime between those hours.

The Occupational Therapist (OT) uses clinical expertise, physical assessment, teaching and skilled therapy interventions to deliver high quality patient care in the patient’s place of residence. The OT contributes to the development of the home health plan of care under the direction of the physician. The OT delivers therapy intervention and treatment directed by the physician as established in the home health plan of care that is consistent with clinical best practices and results in high quality, improved outcomes and exceptional patient experience.

Patient Care/Care Coordination

  • Makes visits to the homes of patients requiring home health occupational therapy services and assumes responsibility for an ongoing interdisciplinary assessment of the patient.

  • Evaluates and assesses the patient’s level of functioning by applying appropriate tests.

  • Develops specific occupational therapy procedures as well as functional activities in accordance with written physician plan of treatment and patient evaluation.

  • Develops and administers plan of treatment including environmental modifications.

  • Oversees use of treatment modalities, prosthetic devices and therapeutic appliances. Uses equipment and supplies safely, effectively, and efficiently.

  • Ensures quality and safe delivery of services to patients according to the care plan.

  • Performs and directs therapy treatment as ordered.

  • Provides the services that are ordered by the physician as indicated in the plan of care and notifies physician of any changes in patient’s condition.

  • Provides patient, caregiver and family counseling and education as indicated in the plan of care. Provides patient and family education using UnityPoint approved patient teaching materials only.

  • Contributes to the continual update of the plan of care that includes measureable outcomes that will occur as a result of implementing and coordinating the plan of care.

  • Develops and updates patient’s discharge plan on every visit ensuring patient and caregiver education and training is facilitating timely discharge and measureable goals and outcomes are attainable, realistic and up-to-date.

  • Includes the patient, representative and caregiver in all plan of care decisions.

  • Assesses the need for plan of care updates and every visit and includes the patient and family in care planning decisions and communicates care plan revisions to the patient, representative, caregiver and all physicians issuing orders for the home health plan of care.

  • Maintains accurate and timely documentation of clinical records and time/travel entries.

  • Receives, relays and documents verbal orders in accordance with state and federal regulations and in a timely manner to prevent adverse patient outcomes.

  • Is responsible for obtaining physician orders prior to initiation of care and notifying the physician of any changes in the patient’s condition.

  • Communicates with all physicians involved in the plan of care and other health care practitioners related to the current plan of care.

  • Identifies patient’s risks for hospitalization and/or emergency department use and proactively intervenes to prevent adverse events.

  • Supervises home health aide and certified occupational therapy assistant staff and documents supervision in the patient medical record.

Home Care Performance Criteria

  • Delivers quality care and completes clear, concise and accurate clinical documentation of care provision in accordance with home health conditions of participation (CoPs), various payer home health coverage criteria, accreditation standards, professional standards for discipline/credential and the home health plan of care.

  • Participates in clinical review of records to monitor quality and accuracy, appropriate utilization, appropriate involvement of interdisciplinary team members, appropriate referrals and coordination of care.

  • Participates in peer review and other quality assurance activities, as assigned.

  • Uses appropriate infection control procedures and safety measure to protect employees and patients.

  • Participates in case conferences, in-service programs and other meetings required to ensure coordinated and comprehensive care.

  • Reviews all patient assignments prior to scheduling first visit and accepts patient assignments only for which qualified and competent in any specific care/technical skill/procedure needed.

  • Participates as a member of the interdisciplinary team.

  • Participates in quality assurance/performance improvement (QAPI) activities, as assigned.

  • Maintains professional knowledge for discipline/credential/license ensuring inclusion of content specific to home and community-based care.

  • Communicates professionally, effectively and timely to all team members and co-workers and responds to all communication in a timely manner including, but not limited to e-mails, phone communication and meeting follow-up responsibilities.

  • Establishes and maintains positive interpersonal relationships with team members, patients and family members while maintain personal and professional boundaries.

  • Assists with new employee orientation when necessary.

  • Effectively plans, organizes, sets priorities and completes works assignments with minimum direct supervision per agency policy and within established time frames.

  • Maintains productivity standards as defined by home care supervisor.

  • Meets or exceeds agency expected outcomes related to patient experience and hospitalization utilization.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by home care clinical supervisor and/or administrator.

Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.

Education:

Graduate of an Occupational Therapist education program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA), or successor organizations of ACOTE

Master’s degree

Experience:

·One year prior experience caring for similar patient population as to be assigned.

· Prior home care experience.

· Two or more years of prior experience caring for similar patient population as to be assigned.

· Prior experience with documentation in an electronic health record.

License(s)/Certification(s):

· Licensed as an OT by the state in which practicing, unless licensure does not apply within state regulation. (Applies for licenses in the States of Wisconsin and Illinois in first 12 months of employment)

·Valid licensed driver with automobile insurance in accordance with state(s) and/or organizational requirements.

·Mandatory Reporter: Child & Dependent Adult Abuse.

·Annual completion of competency validation activities.

·CPR: Maintain a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider Card with Re-certification.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

·Basic knowledge of current, frequently used medications, including modes of administration, actions and side effects.

·Able to perform occupational therapy assessment and treatment in the home setting without direct supervision.

·Strong interpersonal skills.

· Ability to work as a collaborative team member.

·Ability to understand and apply guidelines, policies and procedures.

·Ability to navigate and perform basic use of Microsoft Office products.

·Maintains a reliable mode of transportation and has the ability to drive safely during all day and night hours and in all types of inclement weather.

Other:

Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.

Requisition ID: 2021-88852

Street: 1333 Delhi St

Name: 2020 UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital

Name: SN Visits- Home Care

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): .01

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: PRN, as needed. Hours will be worked Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

External Company URL: http://www.unitypoint.org

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