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Registered Occupational
Therapist (OT/R)

Newsome Home Health Care Career

General:
To provide, under the general supervision of the Director of Nursing and according to established policies and procedures of the agency, diagnostic evaluations and treatment to assigned patients, to help patients reach maximum performance level, and to use these skills to the fullest to function in the community with the limits of their capabilities. Under general supervision, to establish own priorities and work plan to conform with agency policies and procedures. Supervise Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants in patient treatment.

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Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Administers and writes evaluations of assigned patients in accordance with agency policy and procedures
  • Maintains timely and accurate patient records and reports
  • Provides consultation in areas such as environmental design, adaptive equipment, proper positioning of patients to prevent contractures and splinting.
  • Designs and administers therapy plans of care, based upon physician’s orders and to increase patients’ levels of functioning. Uses therapeutic exercises and activities to improve or maintain strength, range of motion, and fine-motor coordination. Instructs patients in adapted techniques and use of adaptive equipment for meal preparation, home management, dressing, feeding, and other self-care skills. Trains patients in the use of upper-extremity prosthetic devices to resume daily routines. Participates in home assessments.
  • Provides therapy for neurological integration; administers sensory-motor integration treatment techniques and visual perceptual-motor remediation programs. Uses activities to increase developmental levels of patients. Designs and provides individualized therapy for adult learning-disabled patients.
  • Designs and fabricates splints as specified by doctors’ prescriptions; designs and/or fabricates slings and adaptive equipment to meet the needs of patients and/or their families.
  • Administers treatment programs to traumatic brain-injured patients. Uses activities to improve judgement skills, reality orientation, and organizational skills.
  • Provides prevention therapy to maintain functional skills; instructs patients in energy conservation, joint protection, safety techniques for sensory loss, and transferring and visual field deficits; instructs patients families in personal care for patients, especially proper transfer techniques to avoid back strain.
  • Administers prevocational program to prepare patients to return to or enter a work setting. Provides activities to assess patients’ organizational skills, attention spans, cognitive abilities, coordination (both fine and gross-motor), and adaptive-equipment needs.
  • Keeps abreast of research and new techniques. Attends appropriate professional and educational meetings
  • Supervises Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants after every 3-5 patient visits.

Education and Experience:

  • Graduate of an accredited occupational therapy program with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Current registration through the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • At least two (2) years of experience providing occupational therapy services to residents in a health care setting is preferred.

Requirements:

  • Move intermittently throughout the day
  • Cope with the mental, emotional, and physical stresses of the position
  • Relate to and with ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and, at times, hostile patients
  • See and hear or use prosthetics that will enable these sense to function adequately to ensure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.
  • Lift, push, pull, and move a minimum of 50 pounds, be in good general health, and demonstrate emotional stability

The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principal 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 position.

Career Positions

We are always accepting applications for the following clinical positions:

Full/Part Time
Home Health Aides/CNA
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Medical Social Workers
Occupational Therapists
Occupational Therapist Assistants
Physical Therapists
Physical Therapist Assistants
Registered Nurses
Speech Therapists

For more information contact Pam Thornton at 815-744-4770 ext. 201 or e mail pamt@newsomehomehealth.com

Corporate Office:
920 Essington Road
Joliet, IL 60435

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm