Occupational Therapist at Volunteers of America - National Services in Montrose, Colorado

Posted in Other 13 days ago.

Job Description:

Job Description

Do you have a passion for geriatrics? This is a unique opportunity to improve the quality of life for seniors while working as part of a team who's goal is keep our participants in their own homes.

Volunteers of America is looking for an Occupational Therapist to work in the homes of our senior participants and in our Day Center in the Montrose, CO and Eckert, CO area.

Benefits of working for Senior Community Care/Volunteers of America (VOA):

At VOA we understand that our employees are our greatest asset, and we are happy to offer them the following benefits:
  • Competitive pay - $73,236 - $93,371 depending upon experience
  • Stable organization; we've been a nonprofit for over 120 years
  • PTO for full-time staff
  • Positive work environment
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid training/Continuing education
  • A variety in your daily duties
  • Supportive managers
  • Fast paced, low stress working environment
  • Benefits:
    • Retirement
    • Flexible Spending Account
    • Loan Program
    • ID Theft
    • Insurances offered:
      • medical
      • dental
      • vision
      • legal
      • life
      • accident
      • critical illness
      • short-term disabilities

PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS: Center Manager, Executive Director, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA), co-workers, participants, family members and public.

OBJECTIVE: Provides clinical occupational therapy evaluation and treatment for program participants, on acute, restorative or maintenance levels as needed in our Day Center. Integrates the occupational therapy treatment plan into Interdisciplinary Team plan of care. Assists in the ordering, inventory, distribution and maintenance of durable medical equipment for participants.

  • Conducts an in-person initial comprehensive occupational therapy assessment on all participants upon enrollment and coordinates with the Interdisciplinary Team on a Plan of Care for each participant.
  • Conducts an in-person re-assessment minimally every six (6) months or as needed.
  • Provides evaluation/treatment on acute, restorative and maintenance levels to participants.
  • Functions as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team. Maintains regular attendance at, and participates in Interdisciplinary Team meetings; communicates participant changes, collaborates on plan of care decisions and coordination for twenty-four (24) hour care delivery.
  • Administers treatment program per physician instructions. Clarifies physician's treatment instructions. Confers with Interdisciplinary Team on participants care issues.
  • Evaluates participant's needs. Follows-up with participants during treatment, explaining precautions to take. Discusses condition and treatment plans and recommends solutions to participants care problems with Interdisciplinary Team.
  • Carries out accepted principles and practices of occupational therapy for prevention of functional decline, sensory and cognitive limitations, increase or maintenance of strength and endurance, and provides treatment to increase self-care skills.
  • Constructs or provides orthotic and adaptive equipment as needed.
  • Conducts assessment and coordination of home modification program including installation of equipment and other changes to support independence and safety.
  • Assists as liaison with nursing home and assisted living staff regarding occupational therapy needs of participants who are their residents.
  • Evaluates charts and reports on participant's progress, documents occupational therapy notes in the participant's medical record. Fulfills charting and reporting requirements.
  • Assists in recommending occupational therapy policies and procedures concerning services provided. Maintains quality assurance program, safety, environmental and infection controls.
  • Directs, supervises, performs initial and annual competencies on, and evaluates the performance of the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.
  • Performs competencies on appropriate direct care staff as needed.
  • Ensures that the job responsibilities, authorities, and accountabilities of direct reports are defined and understood.
  • Educates participants and family members in proper care and use of various supports and exercise programs and use of durable medical equipment at home.
  • Trains family members, other caregivers and staff in methods to maximize safety and functional abilities in performing Activity of Daily Living (ADL) skills.
  • Assists with data collection and prepares reports. Maintains any necessary participant statistics.
  • Acts within the scope of his or her authority to practice.
  • Maintains department in a clean and orderly manner. Keeps equipment in good working condition according to manufactures recommendations.
  • Follows all policies and procedures, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety guidelines.
  • Protects privacy and maintains confidentiality of all company procedures, results and information about employees, participants and families.
  • Handles potentially infectious specimens with appropriate biohazard precautions, and practices Universal Precautions.
  • Participates in continuing education classes and any required staff and training meetings. Maintains professional affiliations and any required certifications.
  • Participates in and supports Quality Improvement Initiatives.
  • Performs other duties as required or requested.

Job Requirements

  • Graduate from an Occupational Therapy curriculum accredited jointly by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association, or is eligible for certification by the American Occupational Therapy Association under its requirements.
  • A minimum of one year experience as an Occupational Therapist in a long-term care facility.
  • Ability to understand medical terminology and how it applies to Occupational Therapy in order to communicate effectively with residents, staff and physicians, and to prepare meaningful reports.
  • Coordination and dexterity necessary to manipulate tools and materials while instructing residents.
  • Adequate strength and endurance to meet physical demands involved in using equipment, tools and materials while instructing residents.
  • Must be licensed or registered in state as an Occupational Therapist.
  • Ability to utilize computers and other electronic devices for tasks such as timekeeping, in-servicing and documentation.

EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled