Position / Title: Speech Language Pathologist
The Speech Language Pathologist reports to and receives general supervision from the Director of Rehabilitation and is responsible for providing speech language pathology services to residents, as ordered by the physician, who experience disorders of cognition, communication or dysphagia in compliance with current applicable federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, and established policies and procedures 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 clinical interventions, implementation, evaluation of functional outcomes, and facilitation of discharge plan.
- Assess each resident’s functional abilities considering the resident’s capabilities, the tasks and the environments in which these tasks occur.
- Evaluate and perform diagnostic testing in areas of fluency, speech articulation, voice, receptive and expressive language (syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics), swallowing disorders, and cognitive communication functioning.
- Participate in completing designated section of the initial and comprehensive assessments of a resident’s speech language pathology 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 speech language pathology process.
- Recommend additional consultations and treatments, as needed.
- Develop, document, and implement speech language pathology 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 ability to engage in functional tasks.
- 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 and/or compensatory strategies.
- Supervise Others
∙ Supervise Speech Language Pathologists during their Clinical Fellowship Year, students of speech language pathology programs, and Rehabilitation Aides utilizing standards established by practice settings, government agencies, payers, and ASHA documents.
- Complete In servicing and Training
◦ In-service staff members and caregivers as needed, as it relates to the delivery of speech language pathology 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 speech language pathology services in an informative and descriptive manner.
- Ensure all speech language pathology 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 Speech Language Pathologist reports to and receives general supervision from the Director of Rehabilitation.
- Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree from a speech language pathology program with accreditation consistent with the national standards set by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA®) or predecessor organizations.
- Possess a current and unrestricted Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
- Must have passed the qualifying examination from the appropriate accrediting body.
- Possess a current and unencumbered license, registration, or certification as required by law or regulation.
- Current membership with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
- Abide by the Code of Ethics, as developed by ASHA;
- Must posses a working knowledge of Speech language pathology 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.
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.