Job Knowledge and Role Responsibilities:
1. Demonstrates knowledge of age specific developmental factors specific to adult and geriatric residents (i.e. physical, cognitive, and socialization factors) in planning delivery of care.
2. Demonstrates knowledge, skills, and techniques necessary to care for and treat residents with the following needs: orthopedics, neuro diseases and infectious diseases, if applicable.
3. Attends all mandatory inservices by employee’s anniversary date.
Acts appropriately under the direction of the Director of Rehabilitation and acts as an active member of the interdisciplinary team.
Assists with cleaning and maintenance of treatment area and department.
Records daily treatment charges according to facility policies.
Demonstrates knowledge of and complies with Code of Conduct and Corporate Compliance Program when performing work functions.
B. Resident Care Responsibilities:
1. Treats residents as directed by the Physical Therapist.
Records treatments given in residents’ medical record.
Participates in resident care conferences and weekly Medicare/rehabilitation utilization meetings as requested.
Communicates with supervisor and other interdisciplinary team members regarding resident progress, problems and plans.
Instructs families and staff in maintenance programs as directed by the Physical Therapist.
C. Role Responsibilities-Interpersonal Skills:
Is aware of, and adheres to, Resident’s Bill of Rights and Confidentiality of Resident Information.
Interacts with residents and family members, co-workers, clinical and ancillary staff in a non-judgmental, supportive and calm manner.
Addresses resident or family satisfaction issues immediately and assists in resolving the matter, if necessary, in a professional manner.
Is aware of Resident Abuse Reporting Law.
Participates as assigned in the orientation of new staff, and interdisciplinary meetings, and demonstrates a positive, helpful and enthusiastic attitude.
D. Role Responsibilities-Safety:
1. Provides inservices to residents, families and employees regarding proper positioning and transfer techniques of residents.
Assists with restraint reduction programs where appropriate.
Demonstrates knowledge and application of general first aid procedures.
Ensures that all therapy equipment has current safety inspection stickers on them, and if not, notifies appropriate personnel to obtain safety inspection.
Demonstrates ability to locate emergency equipment (i.e. fire extinguisher).
6. Understands and demonstrates knowledge of role in Fire and Disaster drills.
Demonstrates ability to identify and respond appropriately to potential behavioral outbursts.
Uses facility equipment safely.
Recognizes, removes, and/or reports potential hazards.
E. Role Responsibilities-Infection Control:
1. Demonstrates knowledge of, and implementation of, Universal Precautions.
2. Follows facility policies in treatment of open wounds.
Handles and disposes of clean and soiled linen, when appropriate.
F. Role Responsibilities-Resident Dignity:
1. Addresses residents in a respectful manner.
2. Discusses confidential resident information in appropriate areas only.
3. Documents residents’ goals as part of the therapy treatment plan.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
1. Must be a graduate from an accredited Physical Therapy Assistant program.
2. Must possess a current license or certification in practicing state or be in training to satisfactorily complete the requirements and become a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant.
Must be capable of maintaining regular attendance.
Must possess a strong knowledge of state, federal and local regulations as they pertain to long term care.
Must meet health assessment requirements, including two stage Mantoux skin test.
Must be capable of performing the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Must be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, and possess sufficient communication skills to perform the tasks required.
This organization reserves the right to revise the essential position functions as the need arises.