Pace Occupational Therapist (Vista, CA)

San Ysidro Health Center Vista , CA 92083

Posted 2 months ago

Position Summary:

The Occupational Therapist (OT) is a Member of the Interdisciplinary Team of the San Diego PACE Program and is responsible for the design and implementation of a program of occupational therapy for PACE patients to help them to remain independent and live safely in the community. The OT performs assessments of PACE patients and develops individualized plans of care, is responsible for determining the appropriate approach to be used in developing function to a maximum level and supervises the carrying out of the plan of care by support staff. Performs reassessments as indicated.

Essential Functions of the Job:

1.Develop and implement a program of occupational therapy for patients enrolled in PACE and accessing day services

2.Perform assessments of patients to determine abilities.

3.Develop and implement an individualized plan of care to decrease or eliminate disability, increase or maintain capability for independence, and develop function to a maximum level.

4.Ensure that the individual plan of care is being followed by qualified support staff.

5.Guide patients and caregivers in the use of adaptive devices and therapeutic, creative and self-care activities for improving function.

6.Perform assessments as indicated. Evaluate the effectiveness of treatment and modify goals as necessary. Traveling required as indicated.

7.Conducts home, hospital, and other site visits as needed and indicated by IDT and/or Center Manager.

8.Record and sign treatments in the patient's health record. Record, sign, and date quarterly progress notes. Review and initial all evaluations and the discharge summary.

9.Ensure services provided are in a therapeutic setting conducive to restoring dignity and self-esteem to all patients.



  1. Ensure that required equipment and supplies for the occupational therapy program are available or ordered as needed.

  2. Develop personnel policies which define the occupational therapy responsibilities and the duties assigned to the occupational therapy assistant

  3. Keeps abreast of all regulations and standards to ensure compliance with orders or directives issued by duly constituted government/regulatory agencies (PACE, CMS, DHCS, etc)

  4. Participate in training programs for staff and caregivers.


Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

1.Maintain and follow established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance program, safety, environmental and infection control standards.

2.Enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings and workshops.

3.Adheres to and models SYHC's core values and behaviors of Excellence, Empowerment, Integrity and Respect.

4.Adheres to SYHC and PACE attendance and punctuality policies and practices.

5.Attend meetings as required and participate on committees as directed.

6.Perform other related duties as assigned or requested

Education Required:

Graduate of an OT curriculum accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and the Accreditation of the American Medical Association and the American OT Association.

Certifications/Licenses Required:

  • Licensed Occupational Therapist in CA

  • Passing scores on national and state examinations.

  • CA valid driver's license and reliable transportation

  • Proof of current vehicle insurance (if applicable)

Experience Required:

  • At least two years' experience as an OT, minimum 1 year experience working with a frail or elderly population

Special Training:

  • Demonstrates clinical competency with geriatric population. Only acts within scope of his/her authority to practice. Meet a standardized set of competencies for the specific position description established by San Diego PACE and approved by CMS before working independently.

Equipment Used:

  • Networked personal computer with various applications. Adaptive equipment including wheelchairs, orthoses, eating aids, dressing aids splints and slings. Equipment and supplies for creative skills such as leatherwork, weaving, needlework, ceramics, woodworking,

Technical Knowledge and Skills Required to Perform the Job:

  • Knowledge of principles and methods for treatment and rehabilitation of functional impairments.

Ingenuity and imagination in adapting activities to individual needs. Familiarity with the Older Americans Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Area Agencies on Aging.

  • Patience and strong interpersonal skills. Excellent oral, written, and computer skills. Bilingual English/Spanish. Ability to establish and maintain therapeutic relationships and to participate in a multi-cultural, multidisciplinary team.

Effort Required:

  • Physical Activities: Prolonged periods of standing involved. Occasional lifting of heavy objects.

  • Working Traits: Commitment to long-term care in a community setting and promoting maximum patient independence and functional ability.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • May work with machines, tools, and other devices generating noise. May face hazards from lifting and moving patients and equipment. May be required to attend meetings outside

regular business hours.

About Us

San Ysidro Health is a Federally Qualified Health Care organization committed to providing high quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable healthcare services for the entire family.

The organization was founded by seven women in search of medical services for their families and community. Almost 50 years later, San Ysidro Health now provides innovative care to over 92,000 patients through a vast and integrated network of 34 program sites across the county. San Ysidro Health could not serve our patients without the dedication of our passionate and hardworking employees.

Apply today and become a part of our mission-driven team!

San Ysidro Health has a long-standing commitment to equal employment opportunity for all applicants for employment. Employment decisions including, but not limited to, those such as employee selection, performance evaluation, administration of benefits, working conditions, employee programs, transfers, position changes, training, disciplinary action, compensation, and separations are made without regard to reace, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming), creed, national origin, nationality, citizenship status, domestic partnership status, ancestry, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, civil union status, family status, age, mental or physical disability (including AIDS or HIV-related status), atypical heredity cellular or blood trait of an individual, genetic information or refusal to submit to a genetic test or make available the results of a genetic test, military status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly

  • Required Education Certification

  • 1830 / 1840 West Drive - California, 1830 / 1840 West Drive, Vista, California, United States of America

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