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Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - Atrium Health at Home

Monroe, NC, United States
Job ID: 4801
Job Family: Rehabilitative Services
Status: Part Time
Shift: Day
Shift Details: Regular
Department Name: 42011000137710-Occupational Therapy
Location: Monroe - 101 E Franklin St


Shift/Location Detail: 24 hours per week -Atrium Health at Home Union/Monroe NC; patient coverage areas of Union, Anson, and 28105 and 28227 in Mecklenburg

Job Summary

The COTA is a licensed professional who is responsible for an assigned group of patients, typically geographically related and accountable for the oversight and overall management of the occupational therapy services in the home setting under the plan and supervision of a licensed Occupational Therapist (OT). Implements occupational therapy patient care programs on an intermittent basis in the home and notifies the OT of changes in the patient's condition, performance and response to treatment. These are performed in accordance with the physician’s orders.

A certified occupational therapist assistant’s practice is guided by Occupational Therapy Practice Act and the Board of Occupational Therapy

Essential Functions

• Responsible for the daily management of an assigned patient caseload, ensuring timely care and documentation to meet the patent needs/services as prescribed in the established plan of care and per MD orders

• Collects data pertinent to the healthcare consumer’s health or the situation from patient assessments in the home setting, telephonic contacts and/or related EMR information available.

• Implements patient care programs including necessary orthotics, equipment, modalities, procedures, exercise programs, and patient education as established by the OT.

• Documents and implements a plan of care to meet patient and family needs, to include discharge planning and utilization of available resources.

• Demonstrates clinical reasoning, coupled with clinical skills to conduct accurate clinical assessments and perform patient care activities; evaluates effectiveness of therapy interventions, identifies and prioritizes patient/family strength, needs and priorities.

• Provides and documents patient and family education in regard to deficits, progress toward goals, and therapeutic techniques, with individualized instruction for a home program including equipment use.

• Observes, records, and reports to the physician and/or supervising OT any reaction to treatment and/or any changes in the patient's condition.

• Maintains communication with multidisciplinary team providing updates and changes in schedules, patient data or needs, and physician orders.

• Incorporates short and long-term goals established in the plan of care into therapy, as evidenced by documentation in visit notes.

• Supports effective communication and collaboration with the physician oversight, and branch OT/ leaderships supervision to ensure timely feedback regarding patients’ condition and/or need for changes in the plan of care

• Will provide clear, timely and complete documentation as required by policy and practice standards

• Adhere to productivity standards as set by the agency

• Remains and performs ordered treatments, therapies, and/or procedures in accordance with State Occupational Therapy Practice Act and Home Health Conditions of Participation, JCAHO, Medicare Guidelines, OASIS and agency policy and procedures

• Promotes shared governance and decision making activities, developing and nurturing research to positively affect clinical outcomes and promotion.

• Attains knowledge and competence that reflects current occupational therapy practice.

• Integrates evidence and research findings into practice.

• Contributes to quality of occupational therapy practice.

• Communicates effectively in a variety of formats in all areas of practice.

• Collaborates with healthcare consumer, family, and others in the conduct of occupational therapy practice.

• Evaluates his/her own occupational therapy practice in relation to professional practice standards and guidelines, relevant statutes, rules and regulations and is open to constructive criticism from a supervising OT when appropriate.

• Utilizes appropriate resources to plan and provide occupational therapy services that are safe, effective, and financially responsible.

Physical Requirements

Work requires walking, standing, sitting, lifting, reaching, stooping, bending, pushing, and pulling. Must be able to lift and support the weight of 50 pounds in handling patients, medical equipment, and supplies. Ability to travel extensively during all seasons to assigned patients place of residence. Works in a variety of home environments and conditions. Must speak English in good, understandable terms. Intact sense of sight, hearing, smell, touch. Finger dexterity. Critical thinking and ability to concentrate. Must be able to respond quickly to changes in patient and/or unit conditions. Ability to work flexible schedule to meet patients' needs. Personal Protective Equipment such as gloves, goggles, gowns, and masks are sometimes required due to possible exposure to hazardous chemicals or blood and body fluids.

Education, Experience and Certifications

Associates Degree from an OTA program as well as current state licensure required. 2 years experience as a licensed OTA preferred. Must maintain current state driver’s license and auto insurance at all times. Personal vehicles must be well maintained and in safe driving condition. Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider (BLS HCP) from AHA required.