Responsibilities of the Physical Therapist, Speech Therapist & Occupational Therapist include, but are not limited to the following:
Seeks and obtains sufficient information necessary to function effectively in the health care setting where assigned
Provides individual patient / client services and determines priority needs for physical therapy by:
A. Assessing and evaluating therapeutic, rehabilitative and functional status.
Physical therapists are licensed professionals who work with people that have sustained disabilities, impairments, or limitations in their overall physical function. Physical therapists examine, evaluate, diagnose, develop treatment plans, and provide prognosis for each patient on an individual basis. Through the modalities of exercise, mobilization, manipulation, heat, cold, and electrical stimulation, physical therapists work to restore function, improve mobility, and decrease pain with the goal of re-establishing a patient’s prior functional level. Physical therapists focus on the evaluation of strength, balance, range of motion, co-ordination, endurance, and posture of each individual patient. From the initial examination, the physical therapist then develops a treatment plan specific to correcting pertinent physical findings. Each patient’s individual treatment plan is geared toward reaching specific rehabilitation goals that are set by the therapist and the patient together as a team and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations & policies of MGA.
B. Assessing for muscle strength, mobility, gait, ROM, potential for rehabilitation and evaluation of the home environment.
C. Participating in the development of the total plan of care.
D. Directing the physical therapy treatment plan of care.
E. Regularly re-evaluating patient / client progress and revising the plan of care as necessary.
- Initiates the physical therapy program and instructs other personnel and / or family / caregivers in certain phases of physical therapy in which they may work with a patient /client, as well as instructing them as to the goals of the program for the patient / client.
- Instructs patients / clients and family / caregivers in the use and care of therapeutic appliances and / or prosthetic devices when applicable.
- Maintains communication regarding patient / client status with the physician and supervisory personnel.
- Collaborates with the physician and other team members to develop, implement and support the patient’s Plan of Care
- Completes, maintains and submits accurate and relevant clinical notes regarding patient evaluation and attainment of goals.
- Observes the patient / client for reactions to treatment or changes in condition, discusses changes with the patient / family / caregiver and reports changes as necessary.
- Assists the caregivers/families, other healthcare personnel in providing continuity of care.
- Clinical documentation must be turned in every 24-48 hours.
RESPONSIBILITY: Participation in Agency’s other mandated activities as requested by Agency Director such as In-services and PI Committee.
ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
A. Participating in other mandated activities is documented on sign-in sheets.
B. Willingness to participate in education and committee work related to patient care.