The Speech Therapist provides clinical speech therapy evaluation and treatment for program participants on an acute, restorative and/or maintenance level per InnovAge policies and other regulatory guidelines.
Essential Functions and Work Responsibilities
Functional Category: Client Care
Estimated Percent of time Spent 100%
Participates in in-service programs and presents in-service programs as assigned.
Participates with all other health care personnel in patient care planning.
Completes initial history and evaluation visit, notifies physician of patient needs and submits plan of care and orders for physician approval.
Performs all skilled Speech Language Pathology services as ordered by physician.
Consults with physicians regarding change in treatment.
Writes reports to physicians regarding patient's progress.
Instructs patients and family/significant others in home programs.
Attends all staff meetings and patient care conferences as scheduled.
Completes a discharge summary upon completion of therapy services.
Instruction to patient/family in home program with documentation in medical record notes.
Observes confidentiality and safeguards all patient related information.
Prepares and submits patient evaluations, clinical and progress notes in a timely manner as outlined in Agency policy.
Immediately reports to Director of Clinical Services/ Supervisor any patient incidents/ variances or complaints.
Participates in peer review and QM activities as requested.
Participates in utilization review of medical records as assigned.
Adheres to Agency standards and consistently interprets and accurately performs all assigned responsibilities.
Reports all incomplete work assignments to Director of Clinical Services/Nursing Supervisor/Therapy Supervisor.
Perform therapy services to clients in their place of residence
Collaborates with nursing home and assisted living staff regarding the speech therapy needs of participants who are their residents.
Develops speech maintenance programs for participants to be carried out by Rehab Aide.
Administers treatment program per referral from assessments from the interdisciplinary team (IDT).
Acts as a primary consultant for communication devices, and clinical evaluation of swallowing and diet issues in addition to collaborating with dietary and day center staff on participant swallowing issues and appropriate diet textures.
Conducts and participates in clinic educational programs.
Performs department record-keeping of speech therapy services provided and evaluates charts and reports on participant's progress utilizing InnovAge PACE documentation requirements.
Collects data, prepares reports and maintains necessary participant statistics.
Maintains quality assurance, safety, environmental and infection control programs and recommends policies and procedures as it pertains to speech therapy.
Performs other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 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
Licensure, Certification, Registration or Designation
Work Experience and Qualifications
A minimum of one year experience working with the frail or elderly is required.
A minimum of two years of health care experience in nursing home and/or the home health industry
Knowledge of the scopes or practices of Speech/Language Pathology as it relates to geriatrics.
Other Knowledge Skills and Abilities Required
Must be computer proficient and possess experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Must be able to quickly learn specific software and new applications.
Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Able to analyze data and statistics and draw reasonable conclusions and compile accurate reports.
Experience with P/L and developing and managing budgets.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret regulations and other documents.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively and tactfully present information to, and communicate with, co-workers, employees, and others.
Possess exceptional English written and verbal communication skills, including accurate grammar and business correspondence knowledge.
Ability to read and write memos, reports, and correspondence that conform to prescribed style and format.
Other Skills and Abilities:
Able to establish and maintain cooperative and positive working relationships.
Organized, detail-oriented, diplomatic, proactive, self-motivated, dependable, and driven by excellence.
Even-tempered and able to balance multiple tasks in accordance with changing deadlines and priorities in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to work sensitively and effectively with individuals of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
InnovAge Service Standards Requirements
Commitment Commits to his/her job and to the success of the company. Continuously puts forth the effort to achieve goals and continuous quality improvement. Degree to which employee goes the extra step to ensure job/task completion. Takes initiative to offer ideas to improve processes or results.
Cooperativeness Consistently supports management decisions as demonstrated by his/her actions. Demonstrates a "can do" attitude by responding positively to instructions. Follows instructions and works harmoniously with others to complete the job or task.
Attendance Meets or exceeds punctuality and attendance expectations/requirements. Faithfully reports to work and conforms to scheduled work hours. When necessitated, follows call-in procedures and informs others of absences.
Customer Service - Embraces the organization's commitment to internal and external customer service and demonstrates a customer-centric approach when interacting with co-workers, participants, clients, and all other business contacts.
Confidentiality Maintains confidentiality of employee, participant, and client data/information, and any other sensitive organization information as appropriate.
Adherence to Company Policy Follows and enforces guidelines as established by policies. Conforms to company and job standards and requirements. Shows respect for others. Acts in the best interests of the company at all times. Serves as an example for others. Conducts business in an ethical fashion.
Reliability Completes responsibilities with minimal direct supervision. Follows through with assigned jobs and tasks all the way through completion. Puts forth the effort to achieve goals and objectives under varying circumstances.
Alignment with Company Goals & Objectives Supports the organization's mission, vision, and values and holding self-accountable for applying these principles daily and personally living them when working with coworkers, participants, clients, and all other business contacts.
Quantity of Work / Productivity Produces at a high volume. Always puts forth the effort to maximize productivity. Meets or exceeds established work deadlines. Engages in a productive work effort whenever possible. Meets goals and objectives.
Quality of Work Produces work that is accurate and reliable. Accomplishes work quickly and efficiently. Works in a thorough and organized manner while minimizing down time. Results are consistently within acceptable quality standards.
Job Knowledge Demonstrates a thorough understanding of his/her job processes and procedures. Integrates knowledge to efficiently accomplish job requirements. Efficiently uses resources (including staff and management) to obtain additional knowledge.
Communication Exhibits good interpersonal skills. Develops and fosters professional relationships with co-workers, participants, clients, and vendors. Keeps others informed as directed by operational demands and need-to-know. Keeps self informed of announcement made via established company venues