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Staff Occupational Therapist, Home Health at St. Luke's University Health Network

Staff Occupational Therapist, Home Health

St. Luke's University Health Network Bethlehem, PA Full-Time
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St. Luke's is proud of the skills, experience and compassion of its employees. The employees of St. Luke's are our most valuable asset! Individually and together, our employees are dedicated to satisfying the mission of our organization which is an unwavering commitment to excellence as we care for the sick and injured; educate physicians, nurses and other health care providers; and improve access to care in the communities we serve, regardless of a patient's ability to pay for health care.

This position works collaboratively with other members of the interdisciplinary team to assure delivery of high quality occupational therapy services in accordance with the physician’s orders and with the agency’s programs and policies. Services are provided in the patient’s place of residence.

The intent of this job description is to provide a summary of the major duties and responsibilities of this position and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position.

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES- ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Performs initial evaluation to identify functional deficits. 
  • Establishes Plan of Treatment in consultation with the physician including short and long-term goals.
  • Guides the patient in their use of therapeutic, creative, and/or self-care activities for the purpose of improving or restoring function and putting function to practical use.
  • Plans program for patient utilizing physical or mental activities, crafts, avocations, exercises, and daily self-care activities, to reach maximal level of function.
  • Instructs in the use of equipment that will help improve function in the home.
  • Observes, records and reports patient’s response to treatment and any changes in patient’s condition to physician.
  • Communicates with the Rehab Program Manager, Patient Care Manager, Clinical Coordinator and appropriate staff in order to plan total patient and family care. 
  • Confers with other disciplines as appropriate in planning rehabilitation for the patient.
  • Records reflect the family oriented approach. 
  • Documentation is timely, accurate, legible and in compliance with the agency policy and directives.  Records make clear the goals and plans made with the patient and/or family.
  • Evaluates and documents the effectiveness and outcomes of care on an ongoing basis and makes revisions as needed.
  • Plans for discharge as appropriate.
  • Instructs other health team personnel, when appropriate, in certain areas of occupational therapy including activities of daily living, in which they may work with the patients.  This includes the patient and family members.
  • Supervises Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants as required by regulation.
  • Provides orientation and supervision in occupational therapy skills in home care to Occupational Therapy students from any accredited O.T. program. Provides orientation to new orientees related to scope of practice.
  • Participates in patient-centered unit meetings.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all materials handled within the Network/Entity as well as the proper release of information.
  • Complies with Network and departmental policies regarding issues of employee, patient and environmental safety and follows appropriate reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrates/models the Network’s Service Excellence Standards of Performance in interactions with all customers (internal and external).
  • Demonstrates Performance Improvement in the following areas as appropriate: Clinical Care/Outcomes, Customer/Service Improvement, Operational System/Process, and Safety.
  • Demonstrates financial responsibility and accountability through the effective and efficient use of resources in daily procedures, processes and practices.
  • Complies with Network and departmental policies regarding attendance and dress code.
  • Demonstrates competency in the assessment, range of treatment, knowledge of growth and development and communication appropriate to the age of the patient treated.

OTHER FUNCTIONS:

  • Attend meetings as designated or requested.
  • Participates in case conferences when appropriate.
  • Other related duties as assigned. 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • A thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of Occupational Therapy and ability to apply it to the community health setting.
  • Ability to provide consultation.
  • Ability to instruct nonprofessionals in the care and treatment of the physically and emotionally ill.
  • Ability to prepare neat, timely, accurate and concise records and reports.
  • Ability to accept and utilize supervision.
  • Possession of a phone.
  • Position requires the use of your own private vehicle for Network business.  You must have a valid driver’s license issued by the applicable state of residency, as well as evidence of auto liability insurance; which must have at least the state-minimum coverage limits.  Insurance must be maintained at all times while being employed in this position.

QUALIFICATIONS (MINIMUM) EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy required. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Possession of a current license to practice as an Occupational Therapist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:

Preferably one or two years experience under a qualified registered Occupational Therapy supervisor. Home Health experience preferred. CPR certified.

Please complete your application using your full legal name and current home address.  Be sure to include employment history for the past seven (7) years, including your present employer.  Additionally, you are encouraged to upload a current resume, including all work history, education, and/or certifications and licenses, if applicable.  It is highly recommended that you create a profile at the conclusion of submitting your first application.  Thank you for your interest in St. Luke's!!





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