Speech Language Pathologist Home Care Job

Children's Health - Health Therapy Careers

Job Number: 52586

Location: Plano, TX

Date Posted: 10-31-2017

Description:

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 Speech-Language Pathology. 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Qualifications

Education

Graduate or professional work or advanced degree; or equivalent experience, required.

Master's degree from an accredited Speech-Language Pathology program, required.

Licenses & certifications

Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from ASHA is required within one year from date of hire, required.

License to practice Speech-Language Pathology in the State of Texas, required.

Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR/BLS Certification, required.

Current Driver's License and automobile insurance, required.

Experience

Minimum 3-5 years of related experience, required.

Experience with the pediatric population, required.

Experience in the home care setting, preferred.

Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
  • Ensure that the customer perspective is a driving force behind business decisions and activities; craft and implement service practices that meet customers' and own organization's needs.
  • Meet patient and patient family needs; take responsibility for a patient's safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes; use appropriate interpersonal techniques to resolve difficult patient situations and regain patient confidence.
  • Develop and use collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
  • Identify and understand issues, problems, and opportunities; compare data from different sources to draw conclusions; use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; take action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Take prompt action to accomplish objectives; take action to achieve goals beyond what is required; be proactive.
  • Deal effectively with others in an antagonistic situation; use appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people.
  • Effectively manage one's time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
  • Accomplish tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time.
  • Set high standards of performance for self and others; assume responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-impose standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
  • Assimilate and apply new job-related information in a timely manner.
  • Clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.

Physical demands

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


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