Physical Therapist

Rehabilitation Therapy San Leandro, California


Description

Under the administrative supervision of the Site Managers and the technical instruction of the Rehabilitation Coordinator, The Physical Therapist provides restorative and rehabilitative services in accordance with the physician’s written authorization and in conjunction with the total plan of care.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists the physician and the multi-disciplinary team in evaluating agency participants by applying muscle, nerve, joint and functional ability tests.
  • Assist the multidisplinary team in developing and carrying out a plan of care to maximize participants’ ability to be independent balanced against their ability to be safe.
  • Provides assistance to achieve and maintain maximum performance using physical means such as exercise, massage, heat, sound, water, light or electricity.
  • Provides active and passive exercises, muscle re-education and gait and functional training activities of daily living including transfer activities and prosthetic training.
  • Instruct participants and caregivers in the care and use of wheelchairs, braces, crutches, canes, and prosthetic and orthotic devices.
  • Instructs multi-disciplinary team and family on participant’s total physical therapy program and phases of physical therapy with which they may work with patient.
  • When appropriate, and with written physician’s authorization and /or team advise, treats participants to relieve pain, develop or restore function and maintain maximum performance, using physical means, such as exercise, for example.
  • Makes initial assessment  and re-evaluations of all participants ( not just those receiving PT  )   at least every six (6) months
  • Completes quarterly progress notes or full-re-evaluations every 6 months.
  • Reviews and initials all evaluations and the discharge summaries.
  • Observes; records and reports regularly to the multi-disciplinary team on participant’s reaction to physical therapy program and any changes in the participant’s condition.
  • Instructs, supervises and evaluates therapy program aides in the implementation of the participant’s individualized rehab plan of care.
  • Provides in services training to other members of the health team.
  • Attends daily multi-disciplinary team conference and actively participates in the development of the plan of care.
  • Evaluates the home environments and makes appropriate recommendations as needed.
  • Attendance and active participation in meetings as appropriate such as multidisciplinary resources group, site staff meetings, site coordination’s meetings, team meetings and other meetings as assigned.
  • Initial and periodic assessments
  • Communication of participant changes to team members
  • Plan of care
  • Coordination for 24-hour care delivery
  • Documentation in the medical record

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree and a graduate of a school of physical therapy approved by one of the following associations, American Physical Therapy Association, the Committee on Allied Health Education and accreditation of the American Medical Association, The Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association in the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Currently licensed as a Registered Physical Therapist by the California Board of Medical Examiners.
  • At least one (1) year’s experience working as a Registered Physical Therapist with the frail elderly population, in an acute general hospital or acute rehab setting under the supervision of an experienced Physical Therapist.
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification on file. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Physical Requirements- Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients, manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Requires standing, walking, pushing, bending, kneeling and reaching at arm’s length and overhead in clinic, center and in community for prolonged periods of time. Must have reliable transportation and be able to make home visits with Durable Medical Equipment to participants who live in non-handicapped accessible dwellings. May also be required to perform occasional rehab errands. Requires the ability to use and adjust Durable Medical Equipment appropriately. Requires the ability to lift/carry up to 75 pounds and push or pull objects exceeding 150 pounds, using appropriate body mechanics. 
  • Visual, Hearing and Communication Requirements- Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range. Must be able to document care provided in service records of department. Must be able to communicate verbally with participants their treatment plan, team members and participants caregivers at appropriate level of knowledge. Ability to present skills and abilities to participants, caregivers, and other staff.
  •  Pressure Factor- Requires working under stressful conditions. Working conditions may be noisy and crowded and fluctuating indoor temperatures. Moderate pressure to meet scheduled appointments while dealing with frail and confused participants. Subject to participants that may have the potential for verbal or physical aggression.
  • Environmental Conditions- May be exposed to a risk of bodily injury through contact with moving instrumentation, toxic substances, medicinal preparations, bodily fluids, communicable diseases and any other conditions common in a clinic environment. Subject to unpleasant odors.

The above job description is intended to communicate the general function of the mentioned position and by no means shall be considered an exhaustive or complete outline of the specific tasks and functions that will be required.  CEI reserves the right to change job descriptions, site assignments, and or work hours as required by the needs of the program.  All employees are expected to perform their duties within their ability as required by the job and/or as requested by management. 

Center for Elders’ Independence is a PACE (Program of All- Inclusive Care for the Elderly) organization that uses an interdisciplinary team approach to care planning and care implementation for the purpose of providing high quality, affordable, integrated health care services to the elderly, including an Adult Day Health Center, and promoting autonomy, quality of life and the ability of individuals to live in their communities. Unlike other healthcare plans, CEI is not a "fee-for-service" plan. It is a a “capitation” healthcare plan. CEI is paid a set amount for each person enrolled in our program, whether or not that individual seeks care. We are a growing company that offers stability and continues to thrive.