JOB SUMMARY: The physical therapy assistant works under the direction of the physical therapist to assist in the overall assessment and treatment of residents, carry out the treatment plan as set forth by the physical therapist and approved by the physician.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
• Assist supervising physical therapist in overall assessment of residents.
• Carry out physical therapy resident care programs as planned and directed by physical therapist.
• Recommend changes to policies and procedures for the department.
• Assist in communicating policies and procedures for the department to other staff.
• Carryout exercise program and train resident in exercise, ambulation and activities of daily living.
• Observe, report and chart resident’s response to the physical therapist.
• Follow established procedures and observe safety precautions in the use of heat, cold, light, water, sound and massage.
• Perform only maintenance physical therapy in the absence of the physical therapist.
• Carry out responsibilities appropriate to the physical therapy services i.e. clerical, maintenance of supplies and equipment and maintenance of a safe, orderly environment.
• Report any problems with resident treatments or equipment to the physical therapist.
• Participate in orienting, teaching and guiding the rehabilitation assistant.
• Participate in monitoring and evaluating the performance of the rehabilitation assistant and assist with any counseling or disciplinary action.
• Instruct residents, families and nursing staff regarding patient participation in the physical therapy program.
• Involve the resident and family in treatment and discharge planning.
• Participate in staff education programs and provide training as requested by nursing administration.
• Maintain minimum daily productivity of 80% patient treatment, of available time in facility.
• Update skills and knowledge of occupational therapy issues/techniques related to geriatric population.
• Comply with all required facility in-services.
QUALIFICATIONS: Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with all disciplines and consultants. Knowledge of New York State regulatory standards and practices. Good supervisory skills. Must demonstrate ability to interact courteously and tactfully with staff, residents, family members, visitors, vendors and the general public. This position may/will be required to provide direct care or have access to resident property or belongings.
EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited 2- year PTA education program with a passing grade on the written exam. Current physical therapy assistant licensure in New York State.
EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 1 year clinical experience preferably in gerontology.