Physical Therapist Assistant (Pta) - PRN

Lagniappe Rehabilitation Services Hammond , LA 70403

Posted 2 months ago

Job Summary:

To assist in providing quality patient care while maintaining positive levels of interaction with facilities and clients, under the direction of a licensed or registered Physical Therapist. Adheres to applicable state regulation concerning physical therapy.

Essential Functions:

  • Under the direction of the licensed/registered physical therapist, optimizes functional abilities and skills of patients in facilities by: assisting in screening and initial evaluation of all patients; implementing treatment for all assigned patients; delivering treatment according to the established treatment plan; accurately documenting progress toward objectives and communicating patient status and needs to the patient, the patient's family, the staff and other professionals.

  • Provides direct supervision of Rehab Aide in skilled tasks during group and individual treatment in a manner that promotes appropriate utilization of resources and development of clinical skills in accordance with State Practice Acts and Lagniappe Rehabilitation policy.

  • Builds a strong rehabilitation care practice within each facility by: establishing and maintaining courteous and helpful interaction patterns with staff, patients and families which reflects sensitivity to individual needs and a problem-solving approach; contributing to facility patient care, utilization review, administrative staff/department head, and family conference activities/communications as directed by the Physical Therapist; establishing and maintaining good working relationships with other healthcare professionals and colleagues in the community; maintaining awareness of change in patient populations, patient conditions and programs and keeping the licensed or registered Physical Therapist informed directly and in a timely manner, of patient progress and facility issues; adhering to the requirements of the patient's Bill of Rights; adhering to established facility policies and procedures related to environmental safety, orderliness, risk management, infection control and emergency situations.

  • Enhancing clinical expertise, professional and management skills through interaction with managers, therapists and other professional staff, self-study, and other continuing education activities; maintaining valid state license (where appropriate); obtain membership and participate in professional organizations; maintain awareness of issues related to the profession of physical therapy and the health care environment.

  • Understand managed care/Prospective Payment System (PPS) billing and treatment guidelines. Provide quality care as well as reasonable goals and outcomes within the guidelines.

  • Compliant with infection control procedures and environmental safety protocol within a facility.

  • Maintain confidentiality of Lagniappe Rehabilitation, facility and patient information.

Required Credentials:

  • Graduate of an APTA accredited school for Physical Therapist Assistants.

  • Valid state license (where appropriate).

  • Valid driver's license.

Abilities:

  • Travel between facilities during scheduled hours.

  • Work varying hours, including weekends and holidays.

  • Performs all other duties as assigned by Rehabilitation Director.

  • Attendance at all Lagniappe Rehabilitation staff meetings is mandatory.

  • Patient lifting using appropriate biomechanical techniques frequently throughout the course of a work day/shift; must be capable of easily lifting (50) pounds of dead weight alone.

  • To walk, bend, stand and reach constantly during a work day/shift.

  • Visual, auditory and speaking skills sufficient to evaluate, diagnose, communicate and monitor patient needs, and to maintain accurate records, recognize people and provide and understand written, verbal and gestural communications.

  • Fine motor skills for legible and accurate writing and keystroking for charting, scheduling, daily correspondence, and reports.

  • Fine motor skills for handling of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment.

  • Sustain activity for multiple consecutive hours in accordance with state labor laws.

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