Position / Title: Physical Therapist
The Physical Therapist reports to and receives general supervision from the Director of Rehabilitation and is responsible for providing physical therapy services to residents as ordered by the physician in compliance with current applicable federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, and established policies and procedures to prevent avoidable physical and/or mental deterioration and to assist them in obtaining and maintaining their highest practicable level of functioning and psychosocial well-being.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Utilize the therapy process by demonstrating appropriate evaluation, plan of care development, selection of therapeutic interventions, implementation, evaluation of functional outcomes, and facilitation of discharge plan.
- Assess each resident’s functional abilities considering the residents capabilities, the tasks and the environments in which these tasks occur.
- Participate in completing designated section of the initial and comprehensive assessments of a resident’s physical therapy needs and the individualized care plans within established time frames.
- Plan of Care Development:
- Utilize evidence-based research as it applies ethically and appropriately to the physical therapy process.
- Recommend additional consultations and treatments, as needed.
- Develop, document, and implement physical therapy intervention based on the evaluation, resident goals, current best evidence, and clinical reasoning with physician approval. Review the intervention plan with the resident.
- Document changes in resident’s performance and capacities. Modify intervention plan or discontinue services when resident has achieved identified goals, reached maximum benefit or does not desire to continue services.
- Therapeutic Intervention Selection
- Select therapy activities to fit resident’s needs and capabilities. Alter treatment programs as necessary.
- Monitor and evaluate resident’s performance in therapy activities and provide encouragement.
- Evaluate Functional Outcomes – Select, measure, document and interpret expected and achieved outcomes that are related to the resident’s functional abilities.
- Facilitation of Discharge Plan:
- Prepare and implement a discontinuation or transition plan based on the resident’s needs, goals, performance, and appropriate follow-up resources, including the implementation of restorative nursing programs..
- Instruct residents, families, and caregivers in home programs, basic living skills and the care and use of adaptive equipment.
- Supervision of Physical Therapy Personnel
◦ Supervise clinincal services provided by Physical Therapy Assistants, students of physical therapy programs, and Rehabilitation Aides utilizing standards established by practice settings, government agencies, payers, and APTA documents.
Complete Inservicing and Training
◦ Inservice staff members and caregivers as needed, as it relates to the delivery of physical therapy services.
Perform duties in a safe manner in accordance with established policies and procedures.
- Perform all duties in compliance with established safety and infection control policies and procedures.
- Actively participate in fire, safety and disaster preparedness drills.
- Maintain safe working conditions and practices and follow established safety regulations in the use of modalities, equipment and supplies.
Timely and accurately record physical therapy services in an informative and descriptive manner.
- Ensure all physical therapy documentation conveys specific therapy provided and the resident’s response or lack of response to the therapy provided.
- Perform all therapy services in accordance with the individualized plan of care.
- Honor the resident’s refusal of treatment request. Document and promptly report such requests to the Director of Rehabilitation.
- Record all entries on notes, charts, etc. in an informative and descriptive manner.
- Use only authorized abbreviations established by the facility when recording information.
- Properly document all therapy, responses to therapy, changes in condition, etc. in accordance with established policies and procedures.
DEGREE OF SUPERVISION:
The Physical Therapist reports to and receives general supervision from the Director of Rehabilitation.
- Graduate of a physical therapy program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE®) or predecessor organizations.
- Must have successfully completed a period of supervised fieldwork experience required by the recognized educational institution where the applicant met the academic requirements.
- Must have passed all examinations for physical therapists.
- Possess a current and unencumbered license, registration, or certification as required by law or regulation.
- Must posses a working knowledge of Physical Therapy practices, including the ability to recall important and commonly used information in source documents, and an understanding of the application of the pertinent principles in this field.
- Abide by the Code of Ethics of the American Physical Therapy Association;
- A foreign educated occupational therapist who is a graduate of a school not approved by an accrediting agency must meet all requirements for state licensure or meet the criteria for a traineeship as a “foreign educated trainee” under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
- Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
- Must maintain a current license at all times throughout employment.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS:
- Must possess adequate vision and hearing to perform essential job duties.
- Must be able to safely lift, transfer, and assist patients as needed, several times per day.
- Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and move freely throughout the facility, both in-doors and out-doors.
- Must be able to carry objects to multiple locations, safely push wheelchairs and patient beds and reach above head level several times per day.
- Must be able to perform tasks requiring mental reasoning, sequencing and discrimination.
- Must be able to perform math calculations.
Works throughout the facility. Works beyond normal duty hours, on weekends and holidays when necessary. Must be able to travel as needed. Interacts with residents, family members, and staff under all conditions and circumstances. Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, and visitors. Exposure to infectious waste, diseases, and conditions including but not limited to exposure to hepatitis B viruses.