This position is split between the Rehabilitation Technician, who assists patients and patient care team in preparing for and performing treatment programs and provision of basic day care support of significant others, as well as maintains department facilities and patient care areas and equipment including patient wheelchairs and positioning equipment daily in a clean and orderly condition and the Therapy Patient Transporter, who operates Visitor Elevators to transport and assist patients in travel from Innovation Centers to Therapy Labs and return to the Innovation Center from Therapy Labs.
The Rehabilitation Technician/Therapy Patient Transporter consistently demonstrates support of the SRAlab statement of Mission and Philosophy by striving for excellence, contributing to the team efforts and showing respect and compassion for patients and their families, fellow employees, and all others with whom there is contact at or in the interest of SRAlab.
Demonstrates SRAlab Core Attributes: Communication, Accountability, Flexibility/Adaptability, Judgment/Problem Solving, Customer Service and SRAlab Values (Hope, Compassion, Discovery, Collaboration, & Commitment to Excellence) while fulfilling job duties.
As Rehabilitation Technician:
Prepares patients for treatments or evaluation, assisting them as necessary to undress and don garments or treatment aids. Ensures patients are in proper and comfortable position for assigned therapy procedure.
Transfers, moves, and ambulates patients to and from department with wheelchair or stretcher in a safe manner as requested by therapist.
Assists therapist in direct patient care activities such as sensory stimulation, training programs, gait training, etc. Assists with maximizing patient's ability to function (improve ADL independence and mobility, promote positive self-image and communicating skills) by utilizing compensatory strategies (i.e., for sensory loss, cognitive and perceptual deficits) as suggested by the therapist.
Assists therapist in patient care during group or supervised treatment sessions such exercise and weight training programs, hydrotherapy, and gait training.
Carries out the therapeutic regime for specific patients as assigned and demonstrates competency in understanding the growth and development of adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients as measured by specific performance standards and as described by department/unit policies and procedures.
Reinforces previous learning in self-care activities such as feeding, dressing, bathing and memory training.
Observes patients and reports reactions or changes in condition immediately to supervising nurse or therapist.
Fabricates equipment adaptations for patient's using sewing materials and small hand tools.
Maintains adaptive equipment inventory including issuing supplies to staff and notifying appropriate personnel of deficiencies.
Maintains clinic area in a neat organized manner and performs infection control procedures including disinfecting equipment.
Maintains food inventory for patient use including shopping for needed supplies, dating, and rotating current supply.
Performs clerical support when needed including reception duties, file maintenance, document distribution, library maintenance and retrieval of medical records.
Maintains appropriate inventory of supplies and equipment including documentation of usage and replenishment.
Clean and maintain SRAlab rental wheelchairs.
Delivers/stores supplies and equipment received from Central Supply.
As Therapy Patient Transporter:
Controls movement of elevator on signal following a prescribed designed for Innovation Center and Therapy Lab destinations.
Assists patients in entering and leaving the elevator and may assist a patient to the Therapy Lab to ensure patient safety and timely arrival.
Identifies and responds to patient emergencies as appropriate.
Follows prescribed Infection Prevention protocols.
Performs housekeeping duties to ensure elevator is clean and neat at all times.
Reports to assigned Manager, Allied Health
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required
High school diploma or equivalent education.
Knowledge of patient care methods procedures and techniques usually acquired by one to two years experience as a physical therapy aide, occupational therapy aide, or related health care experience.
Communicates effectively using timely verbal, non-verbal and written communication.
Proactively takes ownership for serving the customer, team, and organization for achieving goals and for resolving problems.
Willingly adapts to changing work demands and work environment.
Demonstrates critical thinking skills and makes sound judgments to monitor and respond to patient needs or changes in condition.
Anticipates assesses and addresses the needs of patients, internal and external customers to positively influence the patient/customer experience (directly or indirectly).
Ability to transfer and position patients, consistent with lifting up to 35 lbs.
Ability to closely follow written and verbal directions.
Ability to operate various wheelchairs and other transport devices.
Physical ability to quickly and efficiently facilitate movement of patients on and off the elevator and as needed accompany the patient to the appropriate destination in a timely manner.
Knowledge and adherence to appropriate Infection Prevention protocols.
Interpersonal skills necessary to deal with patients, families, and staff to promote good customer relations.
Normal patient care environment with little or no exposure to dust, noise or extreme temperature.
Exposure to moderately adverse working conditions in performing certain patient care activities.
Occasional exposure to infectious diseases when working with patients.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
SRAlab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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