JOB SUMMARY: The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant works under the direction of the Occupational Therapist to assist in the overall assessment and treatment of residents carry out the treatment plan, as set forth by the Occupational Therapist and approved by the Physician.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
• Assist occupational therapist in performing tests, evaluations and complex treatment procedures.
• Provide input to occupational therapist regarding resident treatment plans.
• Carry out occupational therapy resident care programs as planned and directed by occupational therapist.
• Follow established procedures and observe safety precautions.
• Carry out treatment program and train residents in activities of daily living (bathing, grooming, dressing, hygiene, feeding and homemaking).
• Carry out exercise program and train resident in exercise.
• Observe and report to the occupational therapist on resident’s performance and response. Record this information in resident’s chart.
• Carry out responsibilities appropriate to the occupational therapy services, i.e. clerical, maintenance of supplies, equipment and maintenance of a safe, orderly environment.
• Report problems with resident treatments or equipment to the occupational 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 occupational 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.
• Participate in team conferences and family meetings.
• Maintain minimum daily productivity of 80% patient treatment
• Assist in coordinating occupational therapist’s daily visits including scheduling appointments and organizing the flow of information.
• Document and maintain service- related records as directed by occupational therapist.
• Maintain minimum daily productivity of 80% patient treatment, of available time in facility.
• Update skills and knowledge of occupational therapy issues/techniques related to the geriatric population.
• Attend one or more professional conferences per year.
• Comply with 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 be able to lift 30 pounds. 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 OTA education program with a passing grade on the written exam. Current occupational therapy assistant certification in New York State.
EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 1 year clinical experience, preferably in gerontology.