Therapy Assistant (Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant)

Washington D.C.
Aug 03, 2017
Aug 17, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, AFRH-Washington, Healthcare Services, Rehabilitation Services. The Employee is responsible for performing general tests related to orientation, balance, and strength. Performs patient pulse and blood pressure monitoring during exercise and reviews precautions and contraindications prior to initiating an aerobic exercise program. Based on observation of patient’s response, judges whether or not the treatment program is having the desired effect, and in concert with the Rehab Supervisor, modifies or discontinues the treatment program. All feedback, modifications, or discontinuances are annotated in the patient’s electronic medical record (EMR).

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  • You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Specialized experience: For the GS-06, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience or General experience for this position includes:

    -Providing therapeutic treatment to residents dealing with physical, emotional, and/or social disorders


    -Communicating modifications or suggestions to supervisor for resident’s treatment plans.


    You may substitute education for general or specialized experience as follows:One full year of graduate level education.

    Education Requirements:

    The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.

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    As a Therapy Assistant, you will:

    • Provide direct therapeutic care to a diverse geriatric patient population with a variety of patient diagnoses to include but are not limited to: orthopedic, neuromuscular disorders, cognitive and perceptual disorders, cardio-pulmonary disorders, chronic pain, arthritic conditions, psychosocial disorders, and ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients.
    • Upon receipt of physical, occupational, or speech therapist maintenance treatment plan, initiate care as outlined by licensed therapist. Work with a high degree of independence in implementing designed treatment plans based upon patient’s abilities and disabilities assisting them with reaching their established treatment goals. Refer to the Rehab Supervisor for patients who are critically or acutely ill.
    • Instruct patients in use of and care of prosthetics, canes, rollators, splints, wheel chairs, adaptive devices, and braces. In addition, interpersonal skills are utilized in patient instruction, education, motivation, and coordination with rehabilitation and healthcare staff, and patient’s family, to ensure compliance with established therapeutic goals. Incumbent administers therapeutic procedures which involves the use of heat, cold, water, massage, therapeutic exercise to treat physical disabilities, injury and disease.

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