Dear Ms. Roman: I was recently a patient at Whittier, and wanted to give you some feedback. I don’t think I could have had better treatment anywhere. Staff, from clinical through to housekeeping, were uniformly pleasant and helpful. I’d like to thank everyone on the nursing and therapy staffs for their cheerful help and support, and hope you’ll pass these comments on to them. I am an attorney, and most of my practice has been with the mentally ill, their families and treaters, and I’ve worked with a couple of dozen different hospitals. But being a patient gives you a different perspective. ‘Simple’ things, like great food that everyone looks forward to, are therapeutic in themselves. Again, please thank the entire staff on my behalf. Sincerely, Thomas F. O.

Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital Westborough

Home Health Physical Therapy Assistant

Location: Bradford, MA - Whittier Home Health Care Agency

Category: Home Health

Home Health Physical Therapy AssistantPer Diem

Primary Responsibilities:
• Implements individualized treatment programs and discharge plans per plan of care, document findings and progress, provide patient/family education in the home settings under the direction of a licensed physical therapist and licensed physician.
• Demonstrate ability to travel to/from patient’s homes, maintaining timely and accurate reports and records.
• Demonstrate respect for patient confidentiality, goals, property, and lifestyle.
• Function independently in the implementation and progressing treatment plan according patient diagnosis/response/status under the direction of a physical therapist in accordance with the principles of Physical Therapist Assistant Code of Ethics and agency/insurance regulations.
• Implement specific interventions, treatments and/or care required by the adolescent through geriatric age groups.
• Assess learning needs of patient and family considering age, and developmental level, as well as cultural and religious practices, language and emotional barriers, and readiness to learn.
• Teach and plan specific measures to meet the needs as appropriate to the age and developmental level of the patient and family.
• Communicate and present information clearly and in a manner to the age and developmental level of the patient/family.
• Demonstrate professional judgment, creativity, and a transdisciplinary approach to treatment strategies, and use of adaptive equipment in the home.
• Coordinate a treatment caseload utilizing grouping of visits per locale, time prioritization, and demonstrating productivity.
• Complete documentation (daily notes,billing,rehabilitation team conference sheets, obtaining co-signatures as indicated on change in service and notification of termination of service forms.)
utilizing Care Anyware system.
• Ensure safety, infection control, and maintenance of equipment in office area and in the patients’ homes.
• Actively participate in team communication to ensure quality of care and appropriate discharge plan.
• Provide education to patient/caregiver during treatment to ensure appropriate carryover.
• Enhance clinical skills through participation in in-service, continuing education, research review of current literature as appropriate.
• Assist with Performance Improvement activities within the departments/hospital to improve patient/staff and quality of patient care, etc.
• Delegate to students and supportive personnel as appropriate.

• Associates degree in Physical Therapy from an APTA accredited program.
• Current licensure in Massachusetts and/or New Hampshire.
• Knowledge of growth and development across the life span.
• Certification in BCLS of Adult.
• Must have a valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.
• National and State PT Association membership preferred.
• Completion of hospital and agency orientation and reorientation as required.
• Two years of current therapy experience; preferably in acute care, rehabilitation or home care including age-related competence for pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients as indicated.

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