Occupational Therapist - Home Health

Company: Compassus ( Learn More )

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Job Description

Current Compassus Colleagues: Please apply via Workday.

At Compassus, our mission is to provide hospice care to terminally ill patients and their families with Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence. The Colleagues of Compassus are committed to keeping The Hospice Promise by delivering the highest quality of care, serving the needs of patients and families and spreading the stories of hospice to those whom they come into contact. Our goal is to provide the greatest possible comfort and care for those who experience one of life’s most intimate and challenging moments.Compassus also provides palliative care to improve quality of life for patients and families who may also be seeking aggressive treatment for their serious illness. Compassus palliative care services can offer relief from symptoms and pain and a care plan based on your values and needs.


The Occupational Therapist – Home Health is responsible for modeling the 3 Company values of Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence, and for promoting the Compassus philosophy, using the 6 Pillars of success as the foundation. S/he is responsible for upholding the Code of Ethical Conduct and for promoting positive working relationships within the Program, between the Program and other Company departments, and between the Program and all external stakeholders. Occupational Therapist – Home Health is responsible for providing quality rehabilitative occupational therapy to clients.  Initiates planned, purposeful activity designed to enhance the physical and psychosocial functioning of the client.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES                             

  • Participates in the development of occupational therapy plans of care for patients.
  • Makes visits to the patients for assessment and evaluations and communicates with physician before start of care and as needed.  Completes OASIS assessments as appropriate.
  • Implements the plans of care.
  • Provides education and instruction to team members, patients, and families.
  • Evaluates outcomes of care.
  • Supervises paraprofessionals as needed.
  • Plans for discharge as appropriate.
  • May participate in agency quality improvement programs.
  • Ensures the growth and profitability of the company through the responsible use of company resources and educating the community to our services.
  • Participates in regularly scheduled interdisciplinary team meeting to coordinate the care of the patient & family, exchange information & problem solve & receive staff support and education.
  • Applies the policies & procedures of the agency and the rules and regulations of State and Federal regulatory agencies and other certified agencies in providing care
  • Provide skilled restorative treatment to enhance physical function of joints/muscles, pain management, sensory integration, teaching compensatory techniques for ADL’s; designing, fabricating, fitting of orthotic & self-help devices, vocational & pre-vocational assessment & training, work simplification & energy conservation, home evaluation for safety, joint protection, gross/fine apprehension patterns/free writing, upper extremity strength, muscle reeducation transfer training/standing/tolerance & balance.
  • Participates in agency quality improvement programs when requested.
  • Adheres to establish company policies.
  • Accepts other assignments deemed appropriate.                                                    
  • Patient Rights                                                             

  • Ensures that all care is provided with respect for patient rights.                                                       
  • Reports all grievances and complaints made by patients or families to the appropriate persons.         
  • Adheres to established personnel policies.                                                             
  • Reports all allegations of patient abuse and/or misappropriation of patient property.      
  • Safety and Sanitation                                                              

  • Follows standard precautions and infection control procedure.                                                         
  • Reports all accidents and incidents observed.                                                                    
  • Identifies and responds appropriately to emergency situations.                                                        
  • Observes safety needs of the patients.                                                                  
  • Staff Development                                                                   

  • Educates staff in psychosocial aspects, as needed.                                                           
  • Attends in-services and meetings as required.                                                                    
  • Special Activities/Attributes                                                                

  • Collaborates with service provider furnishing contract services to the patient as needed.                   
  • Participates in developing and updating policies and procedures as requested.                                 
  • Maintains confidentiality of necessary information.                                                             
  • Thinks and acts calmly and logically to meet unusual occurrences of the job.                                   
  • Maintains proper documentation for billing.                                                             
  • Manages time efficiently and effectively.                                                               
  • Interfaces with patients, families, and staff to ensure customer satisfaction.                                    
  • Communicates effectively with patients, families, and other health care providers.                            
  • Maintains clinical competency by assuming responsibility for acquiring knowledge and experience to meet learning needs.                                                              
  • Team Work                                                                  

  • Creates positive image between co-workers.                                                         
  • Provides role modeling to teamwork, accountability, and a positive attitude.                         
  • Instills confidence in staff members and builds self-esteem through acceptance and recognition of employees.                                                     
  • Demonstrates and encourages appropriate problem solving methods.  
  • KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS   To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Strong oral and verbal and interpersonal communications are needed.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Education and/or Experience

    Currently licensed in state of practice.  Minimum one year experience in a home health setting.

    Other Qualifications

    Ability to successfully complete competency evaluation program.  This includes a written and a skills evaluation. Ability to work a flexible schedule, to include some evenings and weekends. High integrity, including maintenance of confidential information such as patient records.  Must be able to travel.

    Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

    Valid driver’s license and auto liability insurance. Valid Occupational Therapist License in state of practice.

    Other Skills and Abilities

    Must be able to tend the geriatric and the terminally ill.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a colleague to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this Job, the colleague is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The colleague is frequently required to walk. The colleague is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The colleague must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 50 or more pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    There will be possible exposure to infectious diseases. Circumstances can be unpredictable and high stress.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.  Frequent driving is required. Bilingual is a plus

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