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Foltsbrook Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Occupational Therapist Outpatient and Inpatient Per diem in Herkimer, New York

The primary purpose of your job position is to plan, organize, develop and direct Occupational Therapy Services in accordance with current applicable federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations, and as may be directed by the Director of Rehab Services, to assure that the highest degree of quality resident care can be maintained at all times.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: Must possess, as a minimum, a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited college or university, and have evidence of current registration wit the NYS Education Department. Must also have previous experience as an Occupational Therapist in a hospital or other health facility.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Plan, develop, organize, implement, evaluate and direct occupational therapy, as well as its programs, standards and activities, in accordance with current rules, regulations and guidelines that govern the long-term care facility.

• Meet with administration, medical and nursing staff, as well as other related departments in planning therapy services. Participate in discharge planning, development and implementation or resident care plans, resident assessments, etc., as necessary.

• Assist the Quality Assessment and Assurance Committee in developing and implementing appropriate plans of action to correct identified issues. Assume the authority, responsibility and accountability of directing the occupational therapy services.

• Make written and oral reports/recommendations to the Director of Rehab Services, as necessary/required, concerning the operation of the occupational therapy department including supplies, safety standards and department evaluations.

• Maintain an adequate liaison with families and residents.

• Perform administrative duties such as completing medical forms, reports, evaluations, studies, charting, etc., as necessary.

• Determine the staffing needs of the occupational therapy department necessary to meet the needs of the residents.

• Maintain an excellent working relationship with the medical profession and other health related facilities and organizations.

• Meet with and solicit advice from other department supervisors concerning occupational therapy; assist in identifying and correcting problem areas and/or the improvement of services.

• Participate in the development and implementation of resident assessments (MDS) and care plans, including quarterly reviews.

• Ensure that therapy personnel, residents, visitors, etc., follow established departmental policies and procedures at all times, including appropriate dress codes.

• Comply with established safety precautions at all times.

• Ensure that adequate supplies of personal protective equipment are on hand and are readily available to personnel who perform procedures that involve exposure to blood and/or body fluids.

• Ensure that the therapy area is maintained in a clean and safe manner for resident comfort and convenience by assuring that necessary equipment and supplies are maintained to perform such duties/services.

• Provide necessary material/equipment for residents to perform required therapy.

• Ensure that MSDS are on file for hazardous chemicals used in the therapy department.

• Review the occupational therapy requirements of each resident admitted to the facility and assist the attending physician in planning for the resident's care.

• Prepare and plan the occupational therapy budget and submit to the Director of Rehab Services for his/her review, recommendations and/or support.

• Keep abreast of economic conditions/situations, and recommend to the Director of Rehab Services adjustments in occupational therapy that ensure the continued ability to provide quality care.

• Perform any other pertinent duties as assigned by my supervisor.

• I understand that emergency conditions may require me to temporarily work shifts other than the one for which I have applied and been assigned, and agree to such scheduling change or overtime when necessary to ensure proper operation of the Homes as directed by my supervisor.

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKER TRAITS:

• Present a neat and professional appearance.

• Uphold Pride Program philosophy.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

• Work will be performed in a well-lighted, well-equipped, clean, large work area.

• Work will require standing, walking, lifting and transferring residents.

VOCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Attends in-service programs and staff

development programs as provided by the facility to maintain compliance with the Department of Health and other regulatory agencies, as well as Nursing Home policies and procedures.

JOB HAZARDS: Minors are prohibited from performing certain duties involving the

use of power driven equipment and the mixing and usage of chemicals as outlined by labor law regulations. Lifting requirements/restrictions.

Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: N/A

CONTACTS: Residents, Staff, Resident Representatives, Nursing and other disciplines.

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