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Physical Therapist
Summary
Title:Physical Therapist
ID:1279
Department:Branch
Job Type:Per Diem
Location:Lauderdale Lakes, FL
Description

 

POSITION: Licensed Physical Therapist-Home Care

REPORTS TO: Director of Clinical Services

POSITION SUMMARY:

Physical Therapy Services are provided to individuals who demonstrate the presence of a functional limitation. Physical therapist’s role is to provide skilled intervention to improve the patient’s level of functioning in self-care, mobility, safety, range of motion, or strength and to establish a safe and effective maintenance program.

REQUIRMENTS:

  1. Intervenes in the restorative health care plan upon receipt of a request for an evaluation and treatment of a physical disability. Submits written initial evaluation for inclusion in patient’s record.
  2. Performs clinical tests to discover functional limitations and the potential for restoration. Develops a plan of care with restorative and maintenance goals to meet identified needs.
  3. Applies physical therapy procedures to achieve identified goals, (i.e., therapeutic exercises, functional training).
  4. Instructs patients, family and other health team personnel in the use of assistive modalities and appropriate physical therapy procedures.
  5. Observes, records and reports to the authorized medical practitioner and nurse, the patient’s reaction to treatment and any changes in the patient’s condition.
  6. Works with the health team to shorten the patient’s recovery from illness and incorporate the management of residual disability
  7. Completes an initial evaluation visit within seven (7) days of a patient referral & submit all necessary documentation.
  8. Makes telephone contact, followed by a written report to the Nurse or Director of Patient Services to report initial findings, goals, visit frequency and estimated length of service.
  9. Re-evaluates patients every sixty (60) days to detect progress attained and submits a written progress report for the patient’s record.
  10. On-going communication with the Nurse or Director of Patient Services concerning all information that will influence or change the provision of services including any unusual situations observed during the course of service.
  11. Fits assistive devices for self-care and ambulation; trains patients in the use of devices and inspects for function.
  12. Maintains communication with the medical practitioner and other personnel
  13. Participates in the physical therapy education programs.
  14. Participates in the planning and development of the agency’s staff in-service educational programs.
  15. Submits discharge summaries at the completion of services that includes care provided, equipment ordered and any recommendations for follow-up care.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Currently licensed and registered with the Florida Department of Education as a Physical Therapist.
  2. Graduation from a Physical Therapy curriculum approved by the American Physical Therapy Association or the Council on Medical Education of The American Medical Association.
  3. One year physical therapy experience in an acute health care setting, home health care experience desirable.
  4. Good organizational and communication skills.
  5. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to speak effectively before groups or customers or employees of the agency. Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.
  6. Ability to perform mathematical operations as related to medication calculations, units of American money and weight measurement, volume and distance.

SPECIALIZED SKILLS AND TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES:

  1. Knowledge of client assessment procedure.
  2. Knowledge of client teaching process.
  3. Knowledge of pathophysiology.
  4. Knowledge of PT Modalities and demonstrated competence.
  5. Knowledge of infection control practices, aseptic techniques.
  6. Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate information with clients of all ages and socioeconomic levels.

 

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