Physical Therapy Assistant

Description

Under the supervision of the Registered Physical Therapist (PT), the Physical Therapist Assistant treats patients according to a treatment plan approved by the attending physician and PT.

JOB SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Demonstrates knowledge of individual residents’ histories, current progress and personal issues or difficulties.
• Ensures that any changes in patient condition are unusual circumstances are reported to the supervising PT,
nurse and/or the Director of Rehabilitation.
• Practices correct isolation techniques to maintain a safe environment and to control the spread of infection.
• Demonstrates knowledge of physical therapy equipment utilized in different procedures, i.e., electrical stimulation,
ultrasound, rehab equipment, etc.
• Utilizes resources appropriately and uses/maintains equipment in order to prolong working life.
• Ensures that scope of duties and services provided are consistent and within the guidelines of the
Physical Therapy Assistant licensing and practice act.
• Demonstrates ability to apply physical therapy procedures as scheduled by supervising PT.
• Provides age and diagnosis appropriate therapeutic interventions.
• Provides patient and family education on tasks and resources that will assist with continued functional independence and
safety.
• Provides quality patient care to guarantee positive patient and family satisfaction.
• Communicates with the physical therapist, physicians and other treatment team members regarding patient progress,
problems and plans.
• Participates as necessary in patient care conferences, rehabilitation meetings and other meetings as assigned.
• Records clinical documentation according to accepted regulatory, corporate in professional guidelines.
• Contributes to the delivery of cost effective care.
• Utilizes resources appropriately and uses/maintains equipment in order to prolong working life.
• Participates in discharge planning as requested.
• Secures necessary durable medical equipment and adaptive equipment as needed for residents.
• Communicates with supervisor regarding department programs, goals, objectives, problems and successes.
• Acts as clinical preceptor for affiliated Physical Therapy Assistant schools.
• Documents and charges daily therapeutic units timely and accurately.
• Supervises Rehab Technician in direct patient care and patient related activities.
• Adheres to department productivity standard.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

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Job Requirements

Experience

  • Prefer 6 months experience working in a hospital/rehabilitation setting.

Education Required

• Graduate from an American Physical Therapy Association accredited school of Physical Therapist Assistants.

Additional Information

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION:
• Current licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the state of Texas.
• Must be certified in CPR and CPI.
• Must maintain current certification in good standing during employment with this facility, or, obtain within 90 days of
hire.