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PHYSICAL THERAPIST
at People Inc.
Buffalo, NY

PHYSICAL THERAPIST
at People Inc.
Buffalo, NY

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SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
The physical therapist is responsible for providing service to the homebound patient who has a physical impairment and requires the skills of a therapist.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Works under the administrative direction of the Director of Patient Care Services or Supervising Community Health Nurse.
• Takes responsibility for planning, organizing, and implementing the physical therapy program for the patient.
• The physical therapist will undertake the following activities:
1) Initial evaluation and establishment of treatment goals. When appropriate utilizes the oasis assessment tool it patient receives therapy only.
2) Establish an initial plan of treatment for physical therapy and submit it to the RN Case Manager who will incorporate the therapy plan into the comprehensive plan of care.
3) Direct physical therapy treatment-therapeutic exercise, massage and heat (if available) et al. – as part of the established physical therapy program.
4) Reporting to physician of patient’s reaction to treatment or change in condition.
5) Instruction in the use and care of various types of therapeutic equipment.
• Serves as a resource for technical knowledge in the field and its implications for Community Health. Provides for integration of the specialty area into the overall nursing program.
• Interprets needs, program, and accomplishments to administrative and supervisory personnel through preparing, transmitting, and interpreting the appropriate information.
• Provides physical therapy supervision and consultation to the field staff, nurses, and HHA when appropriate.
• Assists in continuous evaluation of the patient physical therapy program in relation to current and anticipated needs.
• Arranges for outpatient physical therapy which cannot be given in patient’s home.
• Instructs other health team personnel in certain phases of physical therapy with which they may work with the patient limited to range of motion.
• Instructs patient’s family on patient’s total physical therapy program.
• Sets up a system of records of treatment for reports.
• Provides in service education programs for agency nurses and aides as needed, and participates in orientation of new employees.
• Makes visits for evaluation, establishes plan of treatment-modality, frequency and goals, determines assignment and will accompany the physical therapist’s assistant every visit.
• Participates in Patient Care Conferences.
• Maintains confidentiality of patient and agency information.
• Is responsible for completion of required paperwork in a timely manner.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

1. A person who is licensed and registered as a physical therapist by the State of New York, and who has graduated from a physical therapy curriculum approved by:
 The American Physical Therapy Association
 The Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association, or
 The Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and American Physical Therapy Association
2. One year experience in therapy required to perform functions.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

This position does not have any supervisory responsibilities. 

This position description is subject to change without notice or approval to employee.

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