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Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant - Home Health

Compassus • Santa Fe, NM

Posted 13 days ago

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Degree - 2 Year Degree
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Health Care, Nurse


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Job Description

Current Compassus Colleagues: Please apply via Workday.

At Compassus, our mission is to provide hospice care to terminally ill patients and their families with Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence. The Colleagues of Compassus are committed to keeping The Hospice Promise by delivering the highest quality of care, serving the needs of patients and families and spreading the stories of hospice to those whom they come into contact. Our goal is to provide the greatest possible comfort and care for those who experience one of life’s most intimate and challenging moments.
Compassus also provides palliative care to improve quality of life for patients and families who may also be seeking aggressive treatment for their serious illness. Compassus palliative care services can offer relief from symptoms and pain and a care plan based on your values and needs.


The Certified Occupational Therapist – Home Health is responsible for modeling the 3 Company values of Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence, and for promoting the Compassus philosophy, using the 6 Pillars of success as the foundation. S/he is responsible for upholding the Code of Ethical Conduct and for promoting positive working relationships within the Program, between the Program and other Company departments, and between the Program and all external stakeholders. The Occupational Therapy Assistant – Home Health provides rehabilitative services to patients with mental, emotional, physical, or developmental impairments. Assists patients with rehabilitative exercises and activities outlined in a treatment plan by an occupational therapist. May help patients learn how to feed and dress themselves, compensate for lost motor skills, or achieve a more independent lifestyle.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Regulatory Compliance Pillar of Success
    • Complies with all federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations to which the Company is subject.
    • Understands and adheres to all Company policies and procedures.
    • Protects the confidentiality of all patient, colleague, and Company information.   
    • Cooperates with internal and external surveys, audits and investigations, providing truthful and accurate information.
  • Colleagues and Culture Pillar of Success
  • Contributes to a positive and professional work environment through personal choice of actions, according to the Compassus Code of Ethical Conduct.
  • Participates in regular, direct, and effective communications with colleagues and leaders, promoting team building, problem solving, and peer support.
  • Quality Pillar of Success
    • Exhibits compassion, dignity, and respect to our patients and families in all circumstances.
    • Works consistently to do things right the first time, in accordance with our core value of Excellence.
    • Makes efficient and effective use of resources to complete assignments.
    • Demonstrates personal responsibility for professional development and training.
  • Service Pillar of Success
    • Exemplifies the Hospice Compassus Service Commitment in all actions.
    • Demonstrates willingness and ability to adjust to change rapidly and is flexible in a variety of situations.
    • Is open, receptive, approachable, and quick to respond to direction and assignments.
  • Growth Pillar of Success
    • Demonstrates initiative and a “Level 5” Commitment to achieving Company growth and results to ensure long-term viability.
    • Represents the Company positively and professionally within the community.
  • Financial Responsibility Pillar of Success
    • Conducts business effectively and in a fiscally responsible manner.
    • Applies the most cost-effective approach to every situation.
    • Practices good stewardship with regard to Company time, money, and physical resources.

Position Specific Responsibilities

  • Provides patient treatments which meet patient needs and uses current treatment knowledge in accordance with location procedures. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Providing comprehensive, appropriate patient treatment in accordance with patient’s individual treatment plan as stipulated by supervising OTR.
  • Providing clear instruction to patients and families.
  • Communicating with supervisor and other health team members regarding patient progress, problems, and plans.
  • Instructing patients’ families or nursing staff in specified follow through programs.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of appropriate resources for problem-solving and clinical best practice.
  • Writes accurate, complete, and clear documentation that follow regulatory, licensing, payor and accrediting requirements. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Recording Patient Needs Reviews, daily treatment notes, and progress notes.
  • Recording treatment charges accurately and insuring that documentation is consistent with billing data.
  • Writing specific, objective documentation that is outcome oriented and details the patient’s needs, potential to benefit from treatment, and progress achieved to date. Includes specific, objective measurable goals.
  • Managing Medicare Medical Review and Denials process.
  • Acquiring and documenting consents/approvals for treatment when necessary.
  • Consistently demonstrates an interdisciplinary approach to patient care. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Integrating findings of other members of the interdisciplinary team in treatment assessment and recommendations.
  • Integrating input from patient and family in treatment assessment and recommendations.
  • Preparing for and providing meaningful contributions to the rehab team conferences, patient care conferences, utilization review meetings, family conferences, and caregiver training sessions.
  • Collaborating with and informing facility staff in areas of patient progress.
  • Educating members of the team in areas of expertise.
  • Working with facility to teach documentation practices which assist the therapy team.
  • Communicating effectively with discharge planners.
  • Contributes to professional development of self and others. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Utilizing continuing education to achieve targeted quality improvements.
  • Interacting with peer therapist at local acute hospitals and other environments, if appropriate.
  • Presenting at weekly rehab team conferences, facility in-services, and professional conferences.
  • Maintaining a current body of knowledge in areas of clinical expertise through seminars, professional journals, and peers.
  • Meeting continuing education requirements of regulatory agencies.
  • Demonstrates safe working practices. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Identifying and correcting safety hazards or notifying the agency or the Director of Therapy so that safety hazards will be immediately remedied.
  • Maintaining work areas in safe and orderly fashion.
  • Maintaining equipment in safe working order by facilitation annual calibration.
  • Using proper body mechanics during treatments of patients and during support activities.
  • Using universal safety precautions.
  • Wearing appropriate protective equipment.
  • Assists with maintenance of patient charges and administrative support. This includes but is not limited to:      
  • Completing charges accurately on Productivity and Activities Log daily.
  • Assisting therapists with scheduling patient services.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS   To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

An Associate Degree from an accredited school of Occupational Therapy.  Minimum of one-year experience under qualified supervision- preferably in a program emphasizing home health.

Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

Current Occupational Therapy Assistant State Licensure as required and current CPR certification. A valid driver's license and auto liability insurance.

Other Skills and Abilities

Working knowledge of occupational therapy principles, standards and applications. Understanding the principles of physical modalities employed in Occupational Therapy. Knowledge of use of prosthetic devices, ambulatory aides, assistive and resistive devices, and training. Knowledge of medical terminology. Ability to work with all types and levels of patients.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a colleague to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel, and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit.  Requires standing, walking, pushing, pulling, and lifting.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a colleague encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
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