Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), Rehabilitation Department, Day Shift, Part Time
- Job Title
- Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), Rehabilitation Department, Day Shift, Part Time
- Job ID
- Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783
- Other Location
This position is 32 hours per week.
Under the direct supervision of the Co-Director(s) of Rehabilitation and/or Occupational Therapist, the Occupational Therapy Assistant treats injured, ill, or disabled individuals through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. The Occupational Therapist Assistant provides services including assessment, treatment planning, and treatment implementation. The Occupational Therapist Assistant completes all documentation and required communication for various treatment settings including inpatient, long term care, outpatient, home health, community mental health, school based and all other contractual settings.
1. Successful completion of a curriculum as an Occupational Therapy Assistant approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association. Meets all registration requirements as determined by the State of Michigan.
2. Must have a valid Michigan Driver’s License.
3. Must have the ability to work independently and organize several projects.
4. Must be able to move intermittently throughout the day.
5. Must be able to speak the English language in an understandable manner.
6. Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
7. Must be able to see and hear, or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to assure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.
8. Must have the ability to lift, push, or pull up to 30 lbs.
9. Must keep patients safe.
1. Patient Care.
Assist the Occupational Therapist in the preparation and implementation of a treatment plan based upon the analysis of patient evaluation data, the patient diagnosis and prognosis including goals aimed at preventing or reducing disability and/or pain and restoring lost functional capacity. Therapeutically applies physical and chemical agents, exercise and other procedures and/or modalities to maximize functional independence. Assists the Occupational Therapist in the assessment of the patients functional status and potential for further rehabilitation periodically. Assists the Occupational Therapist in the assessment of the rehabilitation status and needs of the patients long term care, recommending a prescription to the Occupational Therapist for restorative therapy when appropriate to the patient’s condition.
2. Patient Education and Continuum of Care.
Explains procedures and goals to the patient prior to testing, exercise protocols and/or treatment. Instructs family members in follow up procedures to ensure continuity of care when applicable.
Maintains patient documentation according to departmental policies and procedures. Writes progress notes on patients records indicating the extent to which goals have been met and ensures that these notes are counter signed by the appropriate Occupational Therapist. Documents provisions of home instructions when appropriate. Completes the appropriate patient billing forms as required. Participates in the developing and writing plan of care in conjunction with nursing and other allied health professionals including long term care under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist.
Reports to the supervising Occupational Therapist all unusual reactions of patients to specific treatment programs or treatment protocols. Assists with maintaining current manual consisting of rehabilitation departmental policies and procedures. Assists Occupational Therapist in the supervision of support personnel and delivery of patient care and services. Demonstrates the knowledge regarding variation in treatment protocols and the use of specific modalities. Provides therapy services within their scope of practice as outlined by the written contractual agreements.
Demonstrates positive communication through friendly, pleasant and professional verbal skills. Demonstrates the ability to meet the needs of the customer in a caring, competent manner. Coordinates the flow of communication between other rehabilitation employees, customers, and the Rehabilitation Co-Director(s). Accurately prioritizes information and refers to appropriate personnel. Maintains confidentiality with respect to any and all information learned through performing this role.
Demonstrates accountability to accept responsibility of personal and professional growth. Attends and/or reads 90% of department meetings. Participates in hospital and department activities and in-services. Responsible for attending continuing education services which pertains to the profession. Maintains documentation of attendance at annual training, mandatory education, and seminars attended. Arrives at work station/patients home ready to work at scheduled time.
7. Complies with and/or implements the Customer First philosophy, as well as all hospital, human relations, safety, health, human resources and departmental policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines, and meets all licensing accreditation requirements. Applies the AIDET principles when interacting with patients/customers.
8. Understands and can access information regarding issues related to infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients.
9. Participates in Continual Improvement activities including hospital-wide and/or unit specific improvement efforts (e.g., education, PDSAs, Internal Audits, measurement/monitoring, review, team participation, etc.) in conjunction with the Hospital’s Quality Management Plan, goals, and objectives. Responsible for identifying and reporting variations, deficiencies, or non-conformities that may impact patient care and/or safety. Aware of Department’s PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act), goals, and current status.
10. Performs all other duties as established by the Co-Director(s) Rehabilitation.
1. Normal general office conditions, temperature, and is environmentally controlled, occasional exposure to such agents as Chlorazene and white out.
2. Significant standing and sitting to use telephone, computers, and prepare necessary paperwork for the department.
3. Require the use of personal vehicle for the provision of home care and contracted services.
The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principle functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job, or required by their immediate supervisor.
- Required Skills
Must have the ability to work independently and organize several projects.
Must be able to move intermittently throughout the day.
Must be able to speak the English language in an understandable manner.
Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
Must be able to see and hear, or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to assure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.
Must have the ability to lift, push, or pull up to 30 lbs.
Must keep patients safe.
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