The Physical Therapist for Home Health provides physical therapy evaluation, plan of care, treatment, supervision of treatment provided by physical therapy assistants for patients in the home health setting. This position will work primarily in our Madras and Warm Springs, OR locations.
(May perform additional duties of similar complexity within SCHS as required or assigned)
Comprehensive physical therapy evaluation and plan of treatment to achieve desired patient outcomes within the clinical, regulatory and financial framework(s) pertinent to Home Health.
Required physical therapy reassessments (including significant change of condition, 30-day, resumption of care after interruption of home health services, recertification or discharge of home health physical therapy services).
Practice of physical therapy within clinical/educational scope, including evaluation/assessment and management of patients with orthopedic and neurological pathology, as well as patients requiring wound care (within team care management with appropriate physician orders).
Comprehensive assessment and management of patients referred to home health services shall include appropriate medical history, homebound status, risk for re-hospitalization, medications, safety (including fall risk) and environment, relevant system reviews, including cognition and psychosocial, cardiopulmonary, pain, nutrition, musculoskeletal (neurological, orthopedic, strength, range of motion, proprioception/sensation, edema/swelling), mobility (including transfer, balance and gait deficits and/or abnormalities), functional status/concerns, identification of equipment (including durable and adaptive medical equipment, orthotic and/or prosthetic device/appliances), and other resource needs (including the need for additional home health and other medical or community services).
In addition, the Physical Therapist shall examine the patient, select and administer specific tests and measurements and formulate clinical judgments regarding the patient, incorporating the same into a plan of care with specific/measurable goals relevant to patient/family/caregiver needs and desires.
Clinical supervision of Physical Therapy Assistants (PTAs).
Clinical supervision of Home Health Aides (HHAs) relative to delegated rehab tasks and required 14-day supervisory visits for personal care provided by HHAs (per home health regulations).
Staff consultation and training and other projects as required/requested by SCHS and/or the Home Health department.
Community resource knowledge and referral process, including appropriate use of home health resources (e.g., Patient Care Coordinator, Scheduler, Supervisors, other home health disciplines, etc.).
Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary care team to assure effective case management of patient care, including optimum clinical outcomes within the financial framework of PPS and other payment systems.
Demonstrates efficient management of workload, including implementing appropriate scheduling and case management skills (e.g., telephone triage when appropriate, use of other available disciplines/resources, e.g., PTA, HHA, or caregiver/family member, to provide required care as a strategy to enhance outcomes and decrease costs related to care when clinically appropriate).
Meets productivity standards set forth by the Home Health department.
Completes required clinical documentation within time frames set forth by the home health department.
Demonstrates accurate and pertinent clinical documentation, including Oasis accuracy, appropriate tests and screenings to objectify patient’s clinical/functional deficits with integration of the same into an appropriate plan of care.
Identifies patients appropriate for telemonitoring program and/or Lifeline.
Provides appropriate patient, family and/or caregiver education in order to facilitate successful and ongoing management of patient health and safety. Identifies and communicates appropriate community resources pertinent to patient, family and/or caregiver needs.
Performs other related work as directed by immediate supervisor.
Education: Bachelor of Science, Masters or Doctorate in Physical Therapy from a college or university accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
Licensure/Certification/Registration: Current Oregon physical therapy license. Valid Oregon driver's license and abililty to meet SCHS driving requirements. Current CPR/BLS certification for Healthcare Providers required.
Personal Protective Equipment: Must be able to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to perform the job safely.
Experience: Minimum of one year experience as a hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient or rehabilitation Physical Therapist required. Home Health experience preferred.