Occupational Therapist Home Care Job

Children's Health - Health Therapy Careers

Job Number: 43857

Location: Plano, TX

Date Posted: 1-17-2017


Position Summary

The incumbent in this position is a staff therapist who participates in the evaluation and treatment of patients based upon current principles and practices of OT. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and Children’s Medical Center philosophy, policies, procedures and standards.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Patient Care

  • Provide direct patient evaluations and re-evaluations, including assessment of prior and current level of functioning, setting appropriate goals and making appropriate discharge recommendations in accordance with standards of practice
  • Provide direct patient treatments according to standards of practice, including patient and family education, progression of treatment plan and implementation of appropriate therapeutic interventions
  • Report on patient progress through appropriate written documentation including evaluation forms, progress notes, education forms and interdisciplinary rounds forms
  • Analyze tasks and adapt the environment, tools, materials, treatments to the needs of patients and their socio-cultural context
  • Conduct appropriate assessment of school or home environment (as appropriate), and identifies equipment needs relative to meet therapy needs and/or increase patient's functional independence
  • Design individual home programs and educate patients, family and ancillary personnel in specific procedure, equipment utilization and home programs
  • Complete safety assessments of patient's home setting and makes recommendations and implements plans to increase safety through use of equipment, supplies, or social services
  • Determine appropriateness of patient’s response to treatment and consult with physician concerning modification to plan of care
  • Assure all re-evaluations for continuation of care are completed timely to ensure everything possible is completed to prevent a break in service for the patient
  • Interact with all patients, families, customers, visitors, and fellow employees in a mature, responsible, courteous manner to ensure a positive and professional environment

Care Coordination

  • Coordinate and prioritize own schedule in relation to demands of patient treatment, patient appointments with other professionals, and other departmental responsibilities
  • Maintain visit frequency for each patient on caseload to ensure plan of care compliance is met on a monthly basis. Organize patient coverage to meet plan of care compliance measures during vacations, illness, or other scheduling conflict that could result in a break in patient care
  • Collaborate with physicians, patients, family and other members of health care team relative to patient treatment and progress as well as other affiliated agencies with regard to effective discharge planning
  • Identify patient/family needs for other home care services and/or other services provided by the Organization and refers accordingly
  • Attend case conference meetings and interdisciplinary rounds to discuss patient progress and future needs with other professionals involved in care of the patient

Professional Development

  • Attend and participate in departmental meetings, in-services, rounds and peer reviews
  • Participate in continuing education programs or other opportunities for learning for continued professional competency
  • Precept and instruct fellows, interns and other students as indicated
  • Complete all mandatory education and annual requirements (orientation, credentialing requirements, etc.) timely to maintain licensure

Performance Improvement

  • Participate in program development as assigned by Clinical Therapy Manager
  • Maintain working knowledge of regulations pertaining to the various accreditation bodies and regulatory bodies for Home Care agencies and the Organization
  • Search for better ways of doing things by recommending or initiating suggestions for improvements for operations and services.
  • Ability to meet physical and non-physical demands as outlined in the job description is an essential function of the job



  • Four-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required
  • Graduate or professional work or advanced degree; or equivalent experience preferred
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited Occupational Therapy program required
  • Master's degree preferred

Licenses & Certifications

  • License to practice Occupational Therapy in the State of Texas required
  • Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR/BLS Certification required
  • Current Texas Driver's License and automobile insurance required


  • Minimum 1-2 years of job related experience required
  • One to two years of experience with the pediatric population required
  • One to two years of experience in the home care setting preferred

Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Must possess the ability to communicate with others in a clear, understandable and professional manner on the phone and in person; and the demonstrated use of good written and verbal communication skills
  • Must possess the ability to interact with peers, executives, patient families and other vendors in a manner that represents Children’s positively
  • Must possess the ability to maintain regular, reliable and punctual attendance
  • Must possess the ability to learn and apply new information, knowledge and experiences in a timely manner
  • Must possess the ability to be flexible and adaptable to change
  • Must possess the ability to work on multiple tasks and projects and to prioritize
  • Must possess the ability to provide clear and accurate direction, and the ability to train others
  • Must have reliable transportation/vehicle to perform job functions.
  • Must possess effective organizational skills and attention to detail; effective follow-through, and commitment to excellence

Physical Demands

  • Very Heavy - Exerting over 100 lbs. occasionally, 60-100 lbs. frequently, or up to 20-50 lbs. constantly.

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