The Physical Therapist is responsible for the planning, provision and coordination of physical therapy to patients in a home setting in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and Agency policies.
Carries out the Agency’s mission, philosophy, goals and objectives within guidelines of Agency policy and position function.
Interprets and implements the Agency’s philosophy to staff and members of the community.
Performs initial and ongoing physical therapy evaluation according to APTA standards of practice and New York State Law and Rehabilitation Department guidelines.
Provides physical therapy services for the patient, as ordered by the physician.
Develops a plan of care for the patient, in collaboration with the nurse, identifying short and long term goals and patient and caregiver involvement.
Intervenes in the restorative health care plan upon a request for evaluation and treatment of a physical disability and submits written initial evaluation for inclusion in patient’s record.
Performs clinical tests to discover functional limitations and the potential for restoration and develops a plan of care with restorative and maintenance goals to meet identified needs.
Instructs patient, family and other health team personnel in the use of assistive modalities and appropriate physical therapy procedures.
Observes, records and reports to the physician and the nurse, the patient’s reaction to treatment and any changes in the patient’s condition.
Works with the health team to shorten the patient’s recovery from illness and incorporates the management of residual disability.
Re-evaluates patients periodically to determine progress and documents appropriately; every 60 days provides a written summary and evaluation report for the physician and the record and every 120 days a reassessment of the patient.
Maintains communication with physician and other personnel involved in the patient’s care, through written reports, attendance at meetings and confirmed telephone calls.
Submits timely clinical records on the patient with the type of treatment given, modality used and patient’s response.
Fits assistive devices for self care and ambulation; trains patient in the use of devices and inspects for function.
Participates in in-service training programs for all staff.
Performs other related duties as required.
Participates in evaluating overall position performance, goal setting and achievement, and performance improvement plan.
Graduate from a physical therapy program approved by the American Physical Therapy Association of the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association.
A current New York State license to practice as a Physical Therapist.
A minimum of two year’s general physical therapy experience with current home health, medical, surgical or critical care experience.
Possess and maintain good physical stamina and mental health, including satisfactory health clearance as required by New York State regulations and Agency policy.
Current Driver’s License, required insurance and car available for work as required.