Physical Therapist (per diem)

PACE Program - LIFEWAYS San Francisco, California


You may think “old” when you think of Institute on Aging because we offer services for elders and are a 40+ year institute…. but you wouldn’t be more wrong. While we do have a long-standing history in the Bay Area, IOA is on the forefront of revolutionary healthcare models, reshaping the way people can age in place. Our innovative models transform lives, enhance communities, and save healthcare systems millions of dollars. Rather than focusing on archaic outdated design, we strive to consistently question the “status-quo” and create new and more innovative ways to help aging adults maintain their quality of life. With over 23 programs, we offer multiple ways to aid seniors maintain their health, well-being, independence and participation in the community, fulfilling our mission.

The Rehab Department is seeking a Per Diem Physical Therapist to join its team in San Francisco.  The Physical Therapist’s primary responsibilities working up to 19 hours per week is to evaluates the participant's physical condition and functional status, establishes a treatment plan with realistic goals and provides appropriate physical therapy interventions.


  • Instructs and supervises the rehab aide or assistant in provision of maintenance treatment programs.
  • Provides caregiver training to staff, homecare workers, and families in the Day Health Center and/or at home, as needed.
  • Participates in the Intake and Assessment Team.
  • Records the initial and on-going evaluations and makes detailed progress notes using the computerized system. Re-evaluates needs for physical therapy.
  • Schedules participants for on-going and additional treatment.
  • Performs home visits, hospital visits, skilled nursing facility visits as indicated.
  • Provides general instruction on principles of physical therapy to staff members as needed, in-service training for team members.
  • Provides evening and weekend on-call coverage on a rotational basis.
  • Meets administrative requirements of the position, including participation in meetings.
  • Actively participates in and encourages actions that promote good public relations with participants, their families and friends, visitors, and the community.
  • All other reasonably related jobs as assigned.


  • Graduate of an accredited Physical Therapy program.
  • Valid license as a Physical Therapist in the State of California.


  • Interest and demonstrated ability in working with the frail elderly.
  • Flexibility, initiative and ability to work in a interdisciplinary team
  • Computer literacy preferred.
  • Language capability preferred but not required – Chinese or Spanish.
  • Interest and willingness to work in a multilingual, multicultural environment.
  • Some supervisory experience.


  • Ability to lift up to lift, transfer, push/pull, maneuver, and reposition 35 lbs.
  • Ability to reach, bend and walk 


  • Ability to comprehend complex written material and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to communicate and speak clearly in English. 

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Institute on Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Institute on Aging is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive work environment and providing equal opportunities to all employees and job applicants without regard to age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neuro-diversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records