Start Of Care Physical Therapist

Skilled Clinicians Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Minnesota


Position at Lifespark

The Physical Therapist is primarily responsible for the implementation of standards of care for physical therapy services and for adherence to all conditions outlined in the Service Agreement.  Any direct client care provided will be performed as defined by the state Physical Therapy Practice Act.

Position Functions and Responsibilities

Client Care & Service Delivery

  • Provides physical therapy services to clients according to a written physician's plan of care and as defined in the state Physical Therapy Practice Act. This may include, but will not be limited to:
    • Assessing and evaluating therapeutic/rehabilitative/functional status, and participation in the development of the total plan of care. Evaluates home environment.
    • Assesses for muscle strength, mobility, gait, ROM—potential for rehab.
    • Directing physical therapy treatment.
    • Instructing clients and families/caregivers in the use and care of therapeutic appliances.
    • Determining priority needs for physical therapy.
    • Reporting to physician client’s reaction to treatment or changes in condition.
  • Initiates physical therapy program and instructs other personnel and/or family/caregiver members in certain phases of physical therapy with which they may work with a patient, as well as instructing them as to the goals of the physical therapy program for the client by participating in case conferences.
  • May train client in the use of prosthetic device.
  • Identifies client and family/caregiver needs for other home health services and refers as necessary.
  • Prepares and submits clinical and progress summaries based on the attainment of goals.
  • Participates in discharge planning for client.
  • Prepares and submits a clinical progress summary based on the attainment of goals as directed by organization policy.
  • Provides physical therapy consultation to home families/caregivers when indicated.
  • Provides inservice education programs for nursing organization personnel as needed.
  • Participates in peer consultation process.
  • Supervises physical therapy assistants according to organization policy and state regulations.
  • When therapy is the only skilled service, instructs, supervises and evaluates home health aide care every two (2) weeks.

Visits, Communication, and Customer Service

  • Lead by example in establishing rapport with clients.
  • Ensure positive/professional communication on team.
  • Customer service resolution; escalate concerns.
  • Honors client confidentiality, rights, privacy, and reporting maltreatment expectations.
  • Understands and accepts emotional needs of client.
  • Accepts unique client symptoms and behaviors.


  • Follow all Emergency and Response Procedures
  • Identifies home safety issues and notifies RN Case Manager or Clinical Manager of concerns or issues
  • Demonstrates proper procedures: Handling, lifting, transfers
  • Injury – Now What? Follows protocols

Event Management Reporting

  • Overview of Process, Types of Reports and Forms
  • Follow-up Required – Escalating Event

Other duties as assigned



  • Two years of clinical experience as a physical therapist. Community/Home Health experience is preferred.
  • Start of Care Experience Preferred


  • Graduate of a physical therapy curriculum accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association.
  • Current and active Physical Therapist license in the state of Minnesota.
  • Possess and maintain valid CPR certification

Knowledge / Skills

  • Experience using technology including: Microsoft Office, Smart Phone, Calendaring, Clinical Software platforms (EMR), Wi-Fi, Printers, and Internet Browsing
  • Ability to follow written instructions and type a minimum of 20 words a minute.

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.