This position is responsible for implementing treatment programs established by the Physical Therapist in accordance with all state, federal, and JCAHO requirements (as applicable). The certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA) collaborates with facility staff to promote the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well being for the residents.
Principle Duties and Responsibilities
1. Screens and makes recommendations for further assessment based on observations of assigned residents as needed.
2. Implements established occupational therapy treatment plans to meet each resident’s rehabilitation needs, and produce meaningful functional outcomes.
3. Provides clinical supervision to Occupational Therapy Assistant students in accordance with state guidelines.
4. Collaborates and communicates effectively with other facility team members to ensure optimal resident care and progress.
5. Prioritizes treatment responsibilities to ensure effective clinical operations.
6. Demonstrates ability and willingness to attain productivity benchmark established by the company and the facility on a consistent basis.
7. Completes documentation and billing timely, accurately, and legibly. Ensures MD orders are obtained according to facility and/or company policy and procedure.
8. Demonstrates effective oral and written communication skills.
9. Exhibits professional standards and positive customer oriented approach towards residents, family members, and staff.
10.Demonstrates effective problem solving skills.
11.Complies with facility and company policies and procedures, AOTA
code of ethics, State Practice Act for Occupational Therapy, and HIPAA guidelines.
12.Obtains Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) required for maintenance of certification to practice.
Education: Maintains current national certification as an Occupational Therapist Assistant, or is a graduate of an approved OTA program and is actively working toward certification.
Successful completion of required clinical affiliations, preferably including at least one rotation in the SNF setting.
1. Exhibits sufficient verbal and written communication skills to perform the tasks required as part of the facility team.
2. Capable of performing the following physical requirements classified as “medium” according to the Department of Labor:
a. exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally (< 1/3 of the time), and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force frequently (1/2 of the time), and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly(> 2/3 of the time) in order to
move objects, equipment, and/or residents;
b. frequent standing, walking, sitting, stooping, kneeling, bending, or crouching;using hands to manipulate tools, equipment, or controls;
c. reaching with arms, balancing, lifting, and performing transfers with residents who require medium to maximal assistance;
d. possesses visual and auditory acuity that is sufficient to assess resident safety and ability;
e. performs typical duties inside, in resident rooms or clinic, with regular exposure to resident bodily fluids.