Occupational Therapist Per Visit
Make a Positive Difference Occupational therapists at MedStar Health VNA make a positive difference in people's lives. They create innovative solutions to meet our patients' individual rehabilitation needs. This patient-first approach leads to improved quality of life and independence at home. Occupational therapists at MedStar Health VNA have the autonomy to make individualized patient-centered decisions to promote optimal clinical care. Job Details: Provides assessments to determine patients' rehabilitation needs and psychosocial status Assesses each patient's environment and recommends adaptive equipment and/or home modifications as needed Establishes an effective occupational therapy treatment plan in partnership with the patient, their family/caregiver, the patient's physician and other members of the health care team; modifies the treatment plan as needed Provides occupational therapy services in accordance with the treatment plan, agency standards, and regulatory guidelines Helps patient achieve independence at home through activities of daily living training, functional activity training, visual/perceptual training, psychosocial interventions, and heat/cold application Provides patient and/or caregiver education regarding the injury/disease process, functional limitations and the purpose of treatment interventions. Trains patients and/or caregivers in aspects of care that will be managed independently after discharge Plans adequately for discharge including referrals to appropriate community resources Communicates regularly with the patient's physician, home health care team, and other key members of the care team. Qualifications EDUCATION: GraduatIon from an ACOTE accredited educational program in Occupational Therapy that is recognized by the Board of OT. EXPERIENCE: 1 year clinical experience preferred. LICENSE/CERT/REG: License to practice Occupational Therapy in the District of Columbia. CPR certification required. SKILLS: Good clinical skills. Verbal and written communication skills. Basic computer skills preferred. Primary Duties and Responsibilities Communicates with supervisor as scheduled and needed regarding issues related to the delivery of rehab services and individual patient care. Contributes to the achievement of established goals and objectives and adheres to department policies,procedures, quality standards, and safety standards. Completes annual Code of Conduct, Compliance and other mandatory training. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations. Maintains effective working relationships with other departments and participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams. Participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and agency in community outreach efforts. Enhances growth and development and enriches personal knowledge and skill through participation in educational programs and affiliations. Maintains ongoing communication with the patient's physician, health care team, and other individuals (eg insurance case managers, referring facility personnel) as needed regarding aspects of care and patient's status. Performs other duties as assigned. Plans adequately for discharge including referrals to appropriate community resources (eg outpatient therapy, day care, driver's education) able to meet the patient needs after discharge. Provides an assessment, in conjunction with the health care team, of the patient's environment and recommending adaptive equipment and/or home modifications that will maximize the patient's functional abilities and safety. Assisting in the attainment of those items that are reimbursable as orthotics/prosthetics or durable medical equipment. Provides initial and periodic assessments to determine the patient's habilitation/rehabilitation needs and psychosocial status: establishes an effective occupational therapy treatment plan in conjunction with the patient, their family/caregiver, the patient's physician and other members of the health care team, and modifying the treatment plan as needed; evaluation includes interview, observation, palpation, specialized assessments including but not limited to goniometry, muscle strength testing and sensorimotor testing. Such assessments require the use of tools (eg goniometer, sphygmomanometer, stethoscope) and the possession of sight and hearing senses or the use of prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately. Provides medical record entries according to agency standards, professional guidelines, and regulatory requirements for the reimbursement of occupational therapy services. Provides occupational therapy services in accordance with the treatment plan, agency standards, and other professional and regulatory guidelines. Performance of procedures and modalities, including but not limited to, ADL training, functional activity training, visual/perceptual training, psychosocial interventions, and heat/cold application. Provides patient and/or caregiver education regarding the injury/disease process, functional limitations, and the purpose of treatment interventions, in addition to, training in aspects of care the patient/caregiver will need to manage after discharge. About MedStar Health MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, DC, region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.