The physical therapist is a member of the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team (IDT). The therapist is responsible for providing therapy services for home health and hospice patients under the direction of a physician.
Understands and accepts responsibilitiy for all professional care duties performed. Follows accepted standards of practice.
Visit patients in home/hospital. Performs initial and ongoing assessments, including Oasis assessments at appropriate time points and evaluates the level of function and identify problems.
Performs initial and ongoing assessment. Evaluates the patient level of function and identifies patient problems. Establishes goals to meet patient needs.
Develops and revises the treatment plan in consultation with the IDT members and attending physician.
Utilizes equipment required to increase the patient’s function and independence.
Re-evaluates the patient and revises the plan of treatment as appropriate. Modifies the plan based on patient/family response to therapy.
Provides treatment in accordance with the plan of care per physician order.
Provides interventions which are appropriate for palliative care.
Provides consultation and education to the patient, family and and IDT members as appropriate.
Consults with the RN casemanager and IDT members on an ongoing basis. Case conferences with the RN casemanager weekly.
Attends and participates in IDT meetings when appropriate.
Provides discharge planning and communicates the plan to the IDT and RN casemanager.
Completes accurate and timely documentation for all patient activities. Follows organization documentation guidelines including electronic and paper processes.
Participates in Quality Improvement activities.
Supervises the physical therapy assistant as appropriate.
Follows infection control procedures and policies.
Assumes responsibility for own professional development by attending continuing education and inservice programs.
Licensed as a Physical Therapist in the State of Illinois and meets the Federal Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies (USC 42 Section 1395 x Health Insurance for the Aged Act).
Three years experience as a Physical Therapist preferred.
Previous experience and expertise in hospice and palliative care preferred.
Health policies and requirements are met (See Personel Policies)
Current Driver’s Licence and auto insurance.
Maintains current CPR certification.
Essential Functions/Physical Requirements:
Ability to perform tasks involving physical activity which includes heavy lifting and extensive bending and standing.
Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
Tactile, visual, auditory, and olfactory senses in tact.
Ability to climb stairs and ambulate in and out of patient's home in all weather.
Ability to drive a car.
Manual dexterity sufficient to perform PT procedures.
Ability to deal with high levels of stress.
Ability to wear a particulate respirator during patient care as necessary.
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