A Home Health Agency physical therapist is a professional practitioner who assumes responsibility for planning and providing treatment of physical and psychosocial dysfunctions in accordance with the physician’s plan of care; involves such activities such as, practice in vocational skills and activities of daily living. Directly supervises and evaluates Physical Therapist Assistant assigned. He/She can demonstrate his/her ability to make clinical judgments in an efficient and effective manner, without supervision. He/she can demonstrate critical thinking and performance ability in coordination of individual patient care needs. Consistently performs according to the standard of the profession.
- Provides services and education/training to clients in their homes following the established Plan of Care and the specific functions identified by the supervising physical therapist.
- Notifies the supervising physical therapist of any change in the patient’s condition not within the planned progress or treatment goals, and any change in the patient’s general condition and documents in clinical record.
- Physical therapy assistant shall document all services provided, observations, client progress, and recommendations according to established plan of care and sign the patient record.
- Participates and documents client case conference as requested to provide information to other members of the team.
- Submits documentation to agency as per guidelines.
- Physical therapy assistant utilizes physical means such as exercise, massage, heat, water, light and electricity under the supervision of the physical therapist as per physician’s orders to relieve pain, develop or restore function and maintain optimal performance.
- Physical therapy assistant will participate in the discharge planning process in coordination with the supervising physical therapist.
- Serves as a member of the home care team.
- Physical Therapy Assistant shall not
- Perform measurement data collection or care prior to the evaluation of the patient by the Physical Therapist.
- Document patient evaluation and re-evaluation.
- Write a discharge summary
- Establish or change a plan of care
- Be the sole physical therapy representative in any meeting with other health care professionals where the patient’s plan of care is assessed or may be modified.
- Complies with Options for Rehab policies and procedures
- Maintains personal health status requirements in relation to job position.
- Maintains current personnel file information and provides information to agency in a timely manner.
- Successful completions of physical therapy assistant program approved by the American physical Therapy Association of council on Medical Education and Hospital of American Medical Association or the committee on Allied health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association.
- Current and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in the State of CA.
- Minimum of one year (1) experience as a Physical Therapy Assistant preferred.
- Current CPR certification
- Demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
- Must be familiar with general use and functions of the computer such as, user names and password concepts; internet; e-mail; navigation of computer desktop.
- Licensed driver with automobile insured in accordance with state requirements.
- Required professional liability insurance
- Must be able to adapt to the patient’s needs and schedule changes.
SAFETY HAZARDS IN JOB
- Possible exposure to infectious disease
- Possible auto accidents
- Possible unsafe neighborhoods.