Website Wyoming Behavioral Institute
JOB TITLE: Occupational Therapist Assistant
SUPERVISED BY: Clinical Services Director and/or OT-R Occupational Therapy Program Manager
SUPERVISES: No supervisory duties
EXEMPTION STATUS: NON-EXEMPT
POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for helping patients improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. Patients may have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling.
REQUIREMENTS: Must be 21 years of age and hold an Associate’s degree in occupational therapy assisting from accredited school. Two years of experience preferred, but not required. Current state occupational therapist assistant license, successful completion of national certification examination.
Physical Requirements: Extensive physical activities including standing, stooping, lifting, bending, and twisting. Must be able to transport/transfer patient safely. Occasional need to lift/carry and move equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds. Some stress related to dealing with concerns of patients and families. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing. Repetitive motion for Drug and alcohol free as evidenced by negative results of post-offer, pre-employment urine drug screen.) Work Environment: Exam, treatment, and exercise rooms. May also occasionally require visits to patient homes and workplaces. Exposure to communicable diseases, biohazards, and conditions related to clinic setting.
Equipment Operated: Variety of therapeutic equipment including wheelchairs, orthotics, and aids for activities of daily living. Computer hardware and software for record keeping.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Assesses patients and develops treatment plans in collaboration with physicians and other clinicians.
Assists patients to develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. Helps patients to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning ability and to compensate for any permanent loss of function to reach the goal of having independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
Helps patients in performing a variety of activities from operating a computer to dealing with daily needs such as dressing, cooking, and eating.
Assists patients with exercises that increase strength and dexterity, visual acuity, and the ability to discern patterns.
Uses variety of equipment during treatment including computer programs to help patients improve decision making, abstract reasoning, problem solving, perceptual skills, memory, sequencing, and coordination to aid in independent living.
Teaches patients, particularly those with permanent disabilities such as spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, or muscular dystrophy, in the use of adaptive equipment including wheelchairs, orthotics, and aids for eating and dressing.
Follows medical practice policies related to compliance, safety, and infection control. Documents patient treatment and outcomes in medical record.
Knowledge of occupational therapy principles, standards, and applications.
Knowledge of physical, biological, and behavioral sciences as well as application of occupational therapy equipment, devices, and patient-specific therapeutic devices. Understanding of how to modify equipment as needed.
Knowledge of clinic policies and regulations related to infection control, safety, and quality improvement.
Skill in evaluating and treating patients.
Skill in proper use of occupational therapy equipment and devices.
Skill in assessing and recording patient activities and progress.
Ability to collaborate with patients, families, and employers to modify workplace or home environment in line with patient’s condition, including identification of environmental factors and hazards.
Ability to communicate with patients and families in caring and compassionate manner to encourage behavioral changes.
Ability to analyze patient data and behavior and modify treatment plan as appropriate.
Other duties as assigned.
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