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Physical Therapist Per Diem

Company: Vero Health & Rehab of South Hadley
Location: South Hadley
Posted on: June 24, 2022

Job Description:

Job DescriptionPurpose of Your Job PositionThe primary purpose of your job position is to plan, organize, develop, and direct our facilitys Physical Therapy Services in accordance with current applicable federal, state, and local standards, guidelines and regulations, and as may be directed by the administrator, to assure that the highest degree of quality resident care can be maintained at all times.Delegation of AuthorityAs Physical Therapist you are delegated the administrative authority, responsibility, and accountability necessary for carrying out your assigned duties.Job FunctionsEvery effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential function of the position.Duties and ResponsibilitiesAdministrative and Surveillance FunctionsPlan, develop, organize, implement, evaluate, and direct our facilitys physical therapy, as well as its programs and activities, in accordance with current rules, regulations, and guidelines that govern nursing care facilities.Meet with administration, medical and nursing staff, as well as other related departments in planning therapy services.Represent the facility at and participate in meetings as directed.Develop and maintain physical therapy standards.Assist in standardizing the methods in which physical therapy will be accomplished.Maintain a reference library of written therapy material, laws, standards of practice, etc., necessary for complying with current standards and regulations, and that will provide assistance in maintaining quality resident care.Assist in developing, implementing and coordinating policies and procedures, resident care plans, physical therapy procedure manuals, job descriptions, etc.Review physical therapy policies, procedures, manuals, job descriptions, etc., at least annually, and participate in making recommended changes.Interpret physical therapy policies and procedures to personnel, residents, family members, etc., as necessary.Participate in discharge planning, development and implementation of resident care plans, resident assessments, etc., as necessary.Assist the Quality Assessment and Assurance Coordinator in developing, implementing, and maintaining an ongoing quality assurance program for physical therapy services.Assist the Quality Assessment & Assurance Committee in developing and implementing appropriate plans of action to correct identified deficiencies.Assume the authority, responsibility and accountability of directing the physical therapy department.Maintain treatment records, resident files, and progress notes as required.Work with the facilitys consultants as necessary and implement recommended changes as required.Assist in arranging transportation to other facilities when necessary.Ensure business office receives charges for physical therapy rendered to residents.Make written and oral reports/recommendations to the administrator, as necessary/required, concerning the operation of the physical therapy department.Maintain an adequate liaison with families and residents.Interview residents, or family members, as necessary.Perform administrative requirements such as completing necessary forms, reports, etc., and submitting to the administrator as required.Others as deemed necessary and appropriate, or as may be directed by the administrator.Agree not to disclose assigned user ID code and password for accessing resident/facility information and promptly report suspected or known violations of such disclosure to the Administrator.Agree not to disclose residents protected health information and promptly report suspected or known violations of such disclosure to the Administrator.Report any known or suspected unauthorized attempt to access facilitys information system.Other duties as assigned.Committee FunctionsServe on, participate in, and/or attend various committees of the facility as required.Provide written and/or oral reports of the physical therapy programs and activities as required.Evaluate and implement recommendations from established committees as they may pertain to physical therapy services.Other duties as assigned.Personnel FunctionsDetermine the staffing needs of the physical therapy department necessary to meet the needs of the residents.Recommend the number and level of physical therapy personnel to be employed.Assist the administrator and/or the HR director in the recruitment and selection of competent physical therapy personnel.Provide guidance and training for new and/or less experienced personnel.Develop work assignments and schedule duty hours.Develop, maintain, and periodically update the written procedure for ensuring that professional physical personnel have valid and current licenses as required by this state.Review complaints and grievances made or filed by department personnel.Make written and oral reports/recommendations to the administrator concerning the operation of the physical therapy department.Maintain an excellent working relationship with the medical profession and other health related facilities and organizations.Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the department.Develop and maintain a good working rapport with inter-department personnel, as well as other departments within the facility to assure that services and activities can be properly maintained to meet the needs of the residents.Meet with and solicit advice from other department supervisors concerning physical therapy; assist in identifying and correcting problem areas and/or the improvement of services.Coordinate physical therapy with other departments.Report occupational exposures to blood, body fluids, infectious materials, and hazardous chemicals in accordance with the facilitys policies and procedures governing accidents and incidents.Conduct departmental performance evaluations in accordance with established policies and procedures.Report known or suspected incidents of fraud to the Administrator.Ensure that departmental computer workstations left unattended are properly logged off or the password protected automatic screen-saver activates within established facility policy guidelines.Other duties as assigned.Therapy and Consultation FunctionsReview request for physical therapy and physicians orders.Interview resident to determine type of treatments needed and schedule therapy as ordered.Evaluate type of therapy most desirable after consulting with physicianParticipate in the development and implementation or resident assessments (MDS) and care plans, including quarterly reviews.Brief resident of procedures involved in physical therapy and prepare necessary equipment.Assist in transporting resident to and from physical therapy room/area.Demonstrate to residents and staff personnel, as necessary, the use of medical appliances involved in physical therapy (e.g., wheelchairs, crutches, canes, braces, and prosthetic appliances and devices).Perform physical therapy in residents room as necessary.Reassure resident before and during therapy treatment.Prepare resident for treatment by dress/position and administer physical therapy in accordance with established policies and procedures.Determine proper equipment usage, application and body position, and make adjustments as necessary in the administration of physical therapy treatments (e.g., gait training, traction, whirlpool, etc.).Apply agents such as diathermy, ultrasound, infrared, massage, therapeutic exercise, etc., as required.Recommend modifications or changes in the residents therapy program based on own evaluation of progress.Ensure that all therapist notes are informative and descriptive of the care provided and of the residents response to the care.Make rounds with attending physician/medical director, etc., as necessary.Encourage attending physician(s) to record and sign progress notes, as well as review treatment plans, etc.Other duties as assigned.Staff DevelopmentDevelop and participate in programs designed for in-service education, on the job training and orientation classes for newly assigned personnel. (Includes maintaining appropriate recordkeeping requirements of when classes were held, subject matter, attendance, etc.)Develop, implement, and maintain an effective orientation program that orients the new employee to the facility, its policies and procedures, and to his/her job position and duties.Participate and assist in departmental studies and projects as assigned or that may become necessary.Attend and participate in workshops, seminars, etc., to keep abreast of current changes in the health care field, as well as to maintain a professional status.Ensure that therapy personnel attend and participate in annual facility in-service training programs as scheduled (e.g., OSHA, TB, HIPAA, Abuse Prevention, Safety, Infection Control, etc.).Other duties as assigned.Safety and SanitationAssist in developing safety standards for the physical therapy department.Ensure that physical therapy personnel, residents, visitors, etc., follow established policies and procedures at all times, including appropriate dress codes.Be alert for resident safety during any/all therapy.Ensure that therapy personnel wear and/or use safety equipment and supplies (e.g., back brace, mechanical lifts, etc.) when lifting or moving residents.Assist the Infection Control Coordinator in the development, implementation, and revision of written aseptic and isolation techniques.Assist in identifying and classifying departmental procedures that involve exposure to blood or body fluids. Update as necessary.Ensure that therapy personnel performing tasks that involve potential exposure to blood/body fluids participate in appropriate in-service training programs prior to performing such tasks.Ensure that adequate supplies of personal protective equipment are on hand and are readily available to personnel who perform procedures that involve exposure to blood or body fluidsEnsure that therapy personnel follow established infection control procedures when performing duties.Inspect physical therapy areas and practices for compliance with current applicable regulations at least monthly.Ensure that the therapy area is maintained in a clean and safe manner for resident comfort and convenience by assuring that necessary equipment and supplies are maintained to perform such duties/servicesDevelop, implement, and maintain a procedure for reporting hazardous conditions or equipment.Report missing/illegible labels or MSDSs to the safety officer or other designated person.Other duties as assigned.Equipment and Supply FunctionsRecommend to the administrator the equipment and supply needs of the department.Provide necessary material/equipment for resident to perform required therapy.Develop and implement procedures that ensure physical therapy supplies are used in an efficient manner to avoid waste.Ensure that MSDSs are on file for hazardous chemicals used in the therapy department.Other duties as assigned.Care Plan FunctionsAssist in developing physical therapy plans for individual residents in coordination and conjunction with the resident assessment (MDS).Review the physical therapy requirements of each resident admitted to the facility and assist the attending physician in planning for the residents careInvolve the resident/family in planning objectives and goals for the resident.Ensure that physical therapy treatments are indicated on the care plan.Participate in the development and implementation of care plans, including quarterly reviews.Other duties as assigned.

Keywords: Vero Health & Rehab of South Hadley, Springfield , Physical Therapist Per Diem, Healthcare , South Hadley, Massachusetts

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