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Occupational Therapist

 
Fargo

Full Time -   : Open until filled

Apply online at www.northlandpace.com or email cover letter and resume to Amanda Erickson at aerickson@northlandhealth.com

Job Summary:  Provides occupational therapy services for participants including OT evaluation, treatment, installation of adaptive equipment, and care planning as part of the interdisciplinary team.

Primary Responsibilities: The Occupational Therapist’s duties shall include, but not be limited to:

  1. Evaluation of the participant’s activities of daily living and functional transfers, establish a plan of care setting realistic goals and an appropriate treatment plan to administer occupational therapy interventions.
  2. Re-evaluates needs for occupational therapy, at least annually and as needed.
  3. Guides participant’s family and caregivers in relevant methods of care and treatment when necessary. 
  4. Acts as a staff consultant and advisor on transportation, transfer techniques, and relevant methods of occupational therapy treatment. 
  5. Works in close cooperation with the intake/enrollment coordinator and registered nurse to complete pre-enrollment initial home assessments determining safety at home and appropriateness for the PACE program. 
  6. Keeps written record of adaptive equipment used at center and assumes responsibility for loaned adaptive equipment. Makes sure the equipment is always in good working condition prior to being installed.
  7. Works closely with PACE management to ensure proper stock and inventory of adaptive equipment. Equipment needs to be readily available for installation in the participant’s home. The occupational therapist will order any adaptive equipment needs for the day center. 
  8. In conjunction with the physical therapist, the occupational therapist will order, maintain, and labels participant’s assistive devices and adaptive equipment. 
  9. Assumes responsibility for professional activities and growth by keeping current in occupational therapy evidenced based practice research, especially in the field of geriatrics, by attending professional conferences and in-services.
  10. Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings, care conferences, cross site supervisor meetings, and staff meetings.
  11. Understands and follows Northland PACE Program policies and procedures.
  12. Demonstrates service excellence to all participants in job performance.
  13. Participates in the Quality Assessment Process Improvement Program, Ethics Committee, Utilization Review Committee, and others as deemed appropriate. 
  14. Installs adaptive equipment in participant homes to ensure their up most safety.
  15. Takes lead on low vision assessments, managing speech therapy appointments/plan of care, and providing mastectomy supplies when approved in IDT .
  16. Assess level of assist for transfer status (gait belt, PAL, Hoyer, sliding board).
  17. Assess next level of care following hospital stay if necessary (nursing home, foster home, or increased services with PACE).

Employment Specifications:

Education:

Graduate of an approved occupational therapy training course, holding a Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy.

 

Experience:

At least one year’s experience with a frail or elderly population

 

Number and type of employees supervised:

 

 

None

Licensure, registry or certification required:

 

Current North Dakota Occupational Therapy License

Special Training:

Must be able to work effectively in a team environment.  Must be able to communicate effectively.  Must possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills.  Ability to adapt to change in a positive/professional manner.  Must meet standardized competencies for standards of medical care and established for position.  Must be medically cleared for communicable diseases.  Must have all immunizations up to date before engaging in direct participant contact.

 

Physical Demands:

Must be able to see, hear, and verbally communicate.  Must be able to move about freely and possess manual dexterity and visual acuity. 

 

Working Conditions:

Primarily inside, well-lit, climate controlled environment.  Potential exposure to infectious disease and environmental hazards. Frequent home and hospital visits.