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Dear Staff at Whittier Rehab: I wanted to thank each and every one of you with our heartfelt appreciation for the kindness & excellent care you gave my Dad Robert M. The entire staff, from Cleaning, P.T., Nurse & Doctors & Administration have created such a caring environment with an impeccably high standard of care, always delivered with warmth. You each helped to make it a pleasure to recover at Whittier. With love & appreciation, The M., F., C. family


Whittier Westborough Transitional Care Unit

Home Health Speech and Language Pathologist

Location: Bradford, MA - Whittier Home Health Care Agency

Category: Home Health

Home Health Speech and Language Pathologist – Per Diem

Primary Responsibilities:
• Demonstrate ability to travel to/from patient’s homes, maintaining timely and accurate reports and records.
• Demonstrates respect for patient confidentiality, goals, property and lifestyle.
• Demonstrate competence in thorough evaluation of patient’s communication, cognitive and swallowing abilities.  Sets objective goals in conjunction with patients and caregiver.
• Implement/revise appropriate treatment plans according to patient diagnosis/response/status under and in accordance with the American Speech/Language Association Code of Ethics and agency/insurance regulations.
• Demonstrate professional judgement, creativity, and a transdisciplinary approach to treatment strategies, and use of communication devices in the home.
• Coordinate a treatment and/or supervisory caseload utilizing grouping of visits per locale, time prioritization, and demonstrating productivity.
• Assist with Rehabilitation Department coverage in the absence of the Administrator as delegated.
• Complete documentation (initial evaluation, 485’s, OASIS tool, daily notes, telephone orders, conference and discharge summaries, etc.) in a timely basis utilizing Care Anyware system.
• Delegate to/supervise students and supportive personnel as appropriate.
• Ensure safety, infection control, and maintenance of any communicative devices/equipment in office area and in the patients’ home.
• Actively participate in physician and team communication and complete referrals (modified barium swallows, dsyphagia evaluations, audiology consults, etc.) to ensure quality of care and appropriate discharge plans.
• Provide education to patient/caregiver during treatment to ensure appropriate carryover.
• Enhance clinical skills through participation in inservice, continuing education, research review of current literature as appropriate.  Participate in department/hospital/community educational activities.
• Assist with Performance Improvement activities within the departments/hospital to improve patient/staff and quality of patient care, etc.
• Maintain contact with Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital’s Communication Disorder Department as needed for clinical support.

Prerequisites:
• Master’s of Science degree in Speech/Language Pathology from an ASHA accredited program.
• Certificate of clinical competence in Speech/Language Pathology by the American Speech/Language/Hearing Association.
• Current licensure in Massachusetts and/or New Hampshire.
• Knowledge of growth and development across the life span.
• Certification in BCLS of Adult.
• Must have valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.
• National and State Speech/Language/Hearing Association membership preferred.
• Completion of hospital and agency orientation and reorientation as required.
• Two years of experience preferable; in acute care, rehabilitation or home care including age-related competence for pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients as indicated. 
• Minimum requirement: 1.) Meets the education and experience requirement for a Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech pathology or audiology granted by The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: or 2.) Meets the education requirements for certification and is in the process of accumulating the supervised experience required for certification.

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