Monterey Healthcare & Wellness Centre - POSITION DESCRIPTION: To
provide direct patient care and support activities which build and
maintain the outstanding outcomes of the therapy department.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Aids in the restoration and enhancement of
independent function in those individuals whose living status has
been compromised by illness and/or injury. Evaluates and treats
patients, communicates with families, physicians and other
interdisciplinary team members, documents services in the medical
records. Contributes to the professional development of self and
others. Enhances interdisciplinary team through professional skills
and knowledge. Demonstrates safe working practices. Provides
patient treatments which meet patient needs and uses current
treatment knowledge in accordance with the facility clinical
procedures. This includes but is not limited to:
Performing accurate, comprehensive patient evaluations.
Developing effective plan of treatment and obtaining appropriate
approvals from referring physician. Supervising Physical Therapy
Assistants/other Physical Therapists and/or Aides in direct patient
care and patient related activities according to Facility Policy as
well as State and Federal requirements. Communicating with
supervisor and interdisciplinary team members regarding patient
progress, problems, and treatment plans. Instructing patients
families and/or nursing staff in specified follow through programs.
Interviewing patients and families regarding previous level of
functioning, life style and current and future expectations for
recovery. Demonstrating knowledge of appropriate resources for
problem-solving and clinical best practice.
Writes accurate, complete, and clear documentation in accordance
with regulatory, licensing, payor, and accrediting requirements.
This includes but is not limited to: Recording Resident Needs
Reviews, evaluations, daily treatment notes, progress notes, and
discharge summaries in accordance with facility Policies and
Procedures. Recording treatment charges accurately and insuring
that documentation is consistent with billing data. Writing
specific, objective documentation that is outcome oriented and
details the patients needs, potential to benefit from treatment,
and progress achieved to date. Includes specific, objective
measurable goals. Managing Medicare Medical Review and Denials
process in conjunction with Director of Rehabilitation, the
facility, and therapy staff. Acquiring and documenting
consents/approvals for treatment when necessary. Consistently
demonstrates facilitys interdisciplinary approach to patient care.
This includes but is not limited to: Integrating findings of other
members of the interdisciplinary team in treatment assessment and
recommendations. Integrating input from patient and family in
treatment assessment and recommendations. Preparing for and
providing meaningful contributions to the rehab team conferences,
patient care conferences, utilization review meetings, family
conferences, and caregiver training sessions. Collaborating with
and informing facility staff in areas of patient progress.
Educating members of the team in areas of expertise. Working with
facility to teach documentation practices which assist the therapy
team. Communicating effectively with discharge planners.
Contributes to professional development of self and others. This
includes but is not limited to: Utilizing continuing education to
achieve targeted quality improvements. Interacting with peer
therapist at local acute hospitals and other environments, if
appropriate. Presenting at weekly rehab team conferences, facility
in-services, and professional conferences. Maintaining a current
body of knowledge in areas of clinical expertise through seminars,
professional journals, and peers. Meeting continuing education
requirements of regulatory agencies. Aids in building and
maintaining a positive facility culture as a professional member of
the staff. This includes but is not limited to: Consistently
demonstrating positive core values in interaction with co-workers,
patients and families, with all other persons involved with the
patients care, and the general public. Consistently demonstrating
professional standards. Contributing to a positive work team by
sharing information, using problem-solving methods and accepting
new ideas, constructive criticism, or advice from others.
Demonstrating superior customer service through courtesy,
consistent follow-up and positive communication. Demonstrates safe
working practices. This includes but is not limited to: Identifying
and correcting safety hazards or notifying the facility or the
Director of Rehabilitation so that safety hazards will be
immediately remedied. Maintaining work areas in safe and orderly
fashion. Maintaining equipment in safe working order by
facilitation annual calibration. Using proper body mechanics during
treatments of patients and during support activities. Using
universal safety precautions. Wearing appropriate protective
equipment. QUALIFICATIONS: Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge in Physical Therapy evaluation and treatments. Ability
to supervise and direct assistants and aides. Understanding of the
principles of physical modalities employed in Physical Therapy.
Knowledge of use of prosthetic and orthotic devices ambulatory
aides, assistive and resistive devices, and training. Knowledge of
medical terminology. Ability to work with all types and levels of
patients. Must have excellent verbal and written communication
Education: Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, or Doctorate Degree
in Physical Therapy from an accredited Physical Therapy program.
Experience: Experience in geriatric rehabilitation preferred.
Experience in adult neurological, cardiac, and/or general
rehabilitation is preferred. Physical Requirements: For Direct
Patient Care: Must be able to lift and transfer patients to and
from all surfaces a minimum of 10 times per day. Must be able to
lift approximately 50-70 pounds a minimum of 10 times per day. Must
be able to perform CPR, if required. Must be proficient with use of
hands for repetitive grasping, pushing-pulling, and fine motor
manipulation. Physical Therapist will spend approximately 60-80% of
time bending, stooping, kneeling, and reaching while working with
physical therapy patients. Physical Therapist will spend
approximately 60-80% of time standing/walking. For Support
Activities: Physical Therapist will spend approximately 10-20% of
time sitting at desk or terminal entering data.
License/Certification/Registration: Current Physical Therapist
Registration/State Licensure as required Current CPR