Case Management/Social Services, Medical & Health, Program Management
Occupational Therapist (Part-Time)
The Occupational Therapist functions to provide assessment, treatment, and recommendations to adults with mental health and complex medical issues discharging from nursing facility settings. Goal is to help patients to help improve, regain, and develop the skills needed for day to day life. Treatment services are provided on-site at area nursing facilities and in client homes. Treatment is focused on community mobility and integration, cognitive processes, support with engagement in IADLs/ADLs, hygiene/self-care routines, sensory processing, safety with transfers, fall prevention and adaptive equipment to increase safety and independence. Must have Master’s Degree and hold Illinois license in Occupational Therapy.
Assess client’s ability to safely and effectively perform independent living skills.
Create an appropriate care plan, as necessary, including type and frequency of treatment.
Implements the treatment plan using appropriate modalities; Monitors and modifies the plan of care as needed
Provide treatment and aids patients in improving their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities
Uses computer programs to help patients improve decision-making, abstract reasoning, problem solving, perceptual skills, memory, sequencing and coordination
Instructs patients with permanent disabilities in the use of adaptive equipment, such as wheelchairs and orthotics
Designs or makes special equipment needed at home or work
Conduct interviews with family members, guardians, and/or significant others, as appropriate about the client’s past and present functional levels, capabilities and performances.
Provides interventions to assist in achieving independence with functional mobility
Complete written assessments and recommendations, and complete progress notes to document patient progress
Educates the patient and family/caregiver about patient deficits. Plans and/or assists with patient discharge from therapy services and provides information regarding appropriate selection/use of adaptive equipment and support programs.
Review medical, clinical charts, and/or other pertinent documents for the Class Member made available by the nursing facility and documentation from Care Management team as appropriate.
Complete all clinical documentation and required reports in an accurate and timely manner
Receive input from Supervisor and provide feedback regarding administrative issues
Interpret and communicate, at the service delivery level, Center policies and procedures
Participate in orientations and training programs of the Center
Organizational and computer entry skills
Effective engagement and motivational interviewing skills
Effective client oriented communication style and skills
Ability to work as a member of a team coordinating care for clients
Demonstrated ability to function independently
Demonstrate knowledge of occupational assessment and treatment planning
Demonstrate knowledge of specialized treatment needs of the populations served and the rehabilitative/recovery service approaches and interventions used to address these needs
Ability to educate individuals with cognitive impairments on elements of healthy living (e.g. exercise, wound care, etc.)
Demonstrate knowledge of community resources to support client’s in independent living.
Has ability to effectively engage clients (and relevant natural supports) in care
Ability to perform basic occupational screenings and efficiently communicate information to medical staff and other transition team members
Skill in the use of motivational interviewing and engaging clients in self-directed care
A majority of the employee’s time will be spent in the community or nursing facility settings, driving to and from Nursing Facilities, and providing care in residences or community areas
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will have access to office space but will have ability to work remotely
In supporting clients to live independently, employee may be exposed to varying home conditions
Employee is regularly required to occasionally lift and/or move fifity (50) pounds; most frequently 10 to 25 pounds of force
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls, and to reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand, talk, hear, squat, stoop, and support provide interventions to assist client in achieving independence with functional mobility.
The employee is regularly required to drive in the community and must be able to use their faculties to drive safely and in compliance with Illinois laws
The employee is required to travel by automobile to and from KYC office locations on a weekly basis, as well as frequent client visits in nursing homes, client residencies and nursing home facilities in the Chicagoland area, and occasional meetings/trainings in and around the Chicagoland area.
While conducting external KYC business or traveling between sites, the employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles as well as changing weather and road conditions.
Part Time, Non-Exempt, Up to 25 hours (negotiable)
Timekeeping – Accurately record hours worked in the electronic timekeeping system (on a daily basis when possible) in accordance with the timekeeping policy and practice.
Occupational Therapist with current Illinois license
One-year occupational therapy experience in nursing home setting or community based preferred
Preferred experience with clients that experience mental health and complex medical conditions
Current and valid driver’s license required.
Daily access to a personal vehicle is required.
Kenneth Young Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer
About Kenneth Young Center
Kenneth Young Center is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit, comprehensive provider of mental health and senior citizens' support services. Our mission is to help people "feel good, do better and find solutions" by providing: Counseling for adults, children, families. Assessment, stabilization, linkage for adults/children in psychiatric crisis. Treatment, support, and recovery services for those with serious mental illness. Service coordination and in-home services for frail elderly persons. Volunteer opportunities. We are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, a nationally respected body with stringent standards of excellence in care. Kenneth Young Center offers a broad range of exciting employment and internship opportunities. All of our positions contribute directly to our mission of providing mental health and senior services to help people feel good, do better and find solutions. Our employees enjoy: Competitive pay, exceptional benefits and generous paid time off A friendly and supportive work environment Specialized rewards and recognition programs Training and skill development opportunities Challenging and diverse work assignments Personal development and career experience