Occupational Therapist Assistant

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Position: Occupational Therapist Assistant

Setting:                Home Health, Outpatient, Early Intervention, Physician’s Practice, Hospitals, School System

Hours: PRN, Part-Time, Full-Time

Area: Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

Purpose:  Provide rehabilitative therapy to the client, using special techniques or providing adaptive devices to assist the client in gaining independence in activities of living in accordance with the plan of care under the direction of an occupational therapist.

Position Requirements:

Education: 

Certified as an Occupational Therapy Assistant by the American Occupational Therapy Association

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to contribute as a team member and ability to work under supervision
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Verifies client information by interviewing client; reviewing and/or recording medical history; confirming purpose of treatment.
  • Helps clients improve their quality of life by helping them compensate for limitations, such as, helping injured workers improve their motor skills and re-enter the labor force, and teaching persons with learning disabilities to prepare meals or to use public transportation and increase their independence,
  • Follows treatment plan developed in collaboration with occupational therapist by teaching techniques, such as, the proper method of moving from a bed into a wheelchair, and the best ways to stretch and limber muscles; monitoring activities to make sure they are performed correctly; providing encouragement, bringing treatment that is not having the intended effect to the attention of the therapist
  • Maintains patient occupational therapy records by recording client’s progress for use by the occupational therapist.
  • Maintains safe, secure, and healthy work environment by establishing, following, and enforcing standards and procedures; complying with legal regulations.
  • Serves and protects the occupational therapy practice by adhering to professional standards, policies and procedures, federal, state, and local requirements, and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) standards.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
  • nhances occupational therapy practice reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.

Licensure:

  • Current valid license and certification as an Occupational Therapist Assistant by the state(s) of practice.
  • Current CPR certification
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