Occupational Therapy Assistant - Home Health
Company: Carle Health
Posted on: January 23, 2023
The Home Care Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) gives
input into treatment plans for patients of all ages to resume or
adjust activities of daily living. Collaborates with health care
team and follows patient's plan of care as developed by the
Occupational Therapist. Serves as a role model in the delivery of
professional services and as a clinical resource for staff and
students. Hours may vary depending upon census and program
Associate's Degree in Occupational Therapy
CERTIFICATION & LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS
Certified Occ Therapy Asst (COTA) License Illinois upon hire and
Basic Life Support (BLS) within 30 days and Driver's License upon
hire and Proof of Auto Insurance upon hire.
SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
Ability to work as a member of a interdisciplinary team. Drives
reliable transportation and maintains state required insurance and
valid Illinois Driver's License.
- Reviews orders as received and follows patient plan of care as
determined by Physician and OT.
- Educates patient and family members in a manner that overcomes
barriers; matches their learning capabilities and meets fundamental
- Documents through comprehensive detail about patient visit,
information is sufficient that following staff can determine
exactly what and how care was rendered with a clear plan for the
next contact. Documents within guidelines and timeframes set by
regulatory requirements and/or department policy.
- Collaboratively communicates and initiates case conferencing as
necessary and documents interactions (other disciplines, MD, care
coordinator, insurers, etc.).
- Documents care plans and patient/family assessments; the
documentation indicates evidence of therapy knowledge, assessment
skills, and critical thinking.
- Documents that assessment of pain includes presence,
characteristics, and factors assciated with exacerbation of pain
and reassessments are made for relief indicators.
- Anticipates and orders an appropriate quantity of supplies with
sufficient lead time that patient does not run out of supplies
- Educates and documents discharge planning prior to discharge ,
including communication with physician, insurance source,
outpatient visits and community resources are planned and arranged
if applicable. Patient is provided with discharge
- Completes audits and other assigned tasks within assigned time
- Assists OT by giving input regarding the evaluation of the
patient's level of function by applying diagnostic and prognostic
procedures as directed by the physician or podiatrist.
- Guide the patient in the use of therapeutic, creative and
self-care activities for the purpose of improving function.
- Observe, record and report to the physician or podiatrist the
patient's reaction to treatments and any changes in the patient's
condition. Communicates this to OT and documents information in
- Instruct other health team personnel including, when
appropriate, Home Health Aides and family members in certain phase
of occupational therapy in which they may work with the
- Be familiar with community resources and work collaboratively
with social workers.
- Assess homebound status of patients.
- Follow occupational therapy plan of care to provide
occupational therapy treatment in patient's home.
- Communicate with patients to schedule appointment times and
manage daily schedule.
- Assess home safety and recommend equipment to improve patient's
- Educate family/caregivers on recommended home exercise
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate
against any employee or applicant for employment because of race,
color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation,
gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or
any other federal, state or local protected class. Carle Health
participates in E-Verify and may provide the Social Security
Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland
Security with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to
confirm work authorization. - For more information:
Effective September 20, 2021, the COVID 19 vaccine is required for
all new Carle Health team members. Requests for medical or
religious exemption will be permitted.
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