Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant COTA

Skilled Clinicians Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Minnesota


Description

Position at Lifespark

The Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant is primarily responsible to the registered occupational therapist, who is responsible for the implementation of standards of care for occupational therapy services and for adherence to all conditions outlined in the service agreement.  The certified occupational therapy assistant performs only those services planned, delegated, and supervised by the registered occupational therapist.

Position Functions and Responsibilities

Client Care & Service Delivery

  • Participates in the ongoing evaluation of client’s functional status (muscle function, endurance, visual coordination, written and verbal communication skills, self-care ability, work capacity, etc.) as delegated by the registered occupational therapist. Participates in the ongoing evaluation of the home environment for hazards or barriers to more independent living as delegated by the registered occupational therapist.
  • Participates in teaching new skills or retraining clients in once familiar daily activities that have been lost due to illness or injury, in accordance with organization policy.
  • Maintains appropriate clinical records, clinical notes, and reports to the registered occupational therapist any changes in the client’s condition.
  • Submits clinical documentation in accordance with policy.
  • Follows treatment program and goals for improved client function as established by the registered occupational therapist. Documents client’s response to treatment plan and progress toward established goals.
  • Maintains contact/communication with other personnel involved in the client’s care to promote coordinated, efficient care. Documents such communication in accordance with organization policy.
  • Attends and contributes to inservices, case conferences, and other meetings as required by organization policy to ensure coordinated and comprehensive plans of care for the clients of the organization.
  • Identifies client and family/caregiver needs for other home care services. Consults with the supervising registered occupational therapist and assists with necessary referrals, as appropriate.
  • Participates in instructing client’s family/caregiver and other organization health care personnel in client’s treatment regime as delegated by the registered occupational therapist.
  • Is supervised by the registered occupational therapist no less than every thirty days. Documentation in the clinical record will reflect ongoing communication between the registered occupational therapist and certified occupational therapy assistant, the patient’s condition, the patient’s response to services provided by the assistant, any need to change the plan of care, and patient outcomes.

Experience

  • A minimum of one year of clinical experience as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant.

Education

  • Graduate of an occupational therapy assistant curriculum accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Current and active Occupational Therapist Assistant license in the state of Minnesota.
  • Possess and maintain valid CPR certification

It has been and will continue to be our policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship, marital status, familial status, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, public assistance status, genetic information or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

 

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