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Occupational Therapist (OT)

Location : South San Diego, CA
Job Type : Temp/Contract
Reference Code : Chula Vista 765
Job Industry : Healthcare - Health Services

Job Description :

Position Summary:

The Occupational Therapist (OT) is a Member of the Interdisciplinary Team of the San Diego PACE Program and is responsible for the design and implementation of a program of occupational therapy for PACE patients to help them to remain independent and live safely in the community. The OT performs assessments of PACE patients and develops individualized plans of care, is responsible for determining the appropriate approach to be used in developing function to a maximum level, and supervises the carrying out of the plan of care by support staff. Performs reassessments as indicated.



Essential Functions of the Job:  


  • Develop and implement a program of occupational therapy for patients enrolled in PACE and accessing day services

  • Perform assessments of patients to determine abilities.

  • Develop and implement an individualized plan of care to decrease or eliminate disability, increase or maintain capability for independence, and develop function to a maximum level.

  • Ensure that the individual plan of care is being followed by qualified support staff.

  • Guide patients and caregivers in the use of adaptive devices and therapeutic, creative, and self-care activities for improving function.

  • Perform assessments as indicated. Evaluate the effectiveness of treatment and modify goals as necessary.  Traveling required as indicated.

  • Conducts home, hospital, and other site visits as needed and indicated by IDT and/or Center Manager.

  • Record and sign treatments in the patient's health record.  Record, sign, and date quarterly progress notes.  Review and initial all evaluations and the discharge summary.  

  • Ensure services provided are in a therapeutic setting conducive to restoring dignity and self-esteem to all patients.

  • Ensure that the required equipment and supplies for the occupational therapy program are available or ordered as needed.

  • Develop personnel policies which define the occupational therapy responsibilities and the duties assigned to the occupational therapy assistant

  • Keeps abreast of all regulations and standards to ensure compliance with orders or directives issued by duly constituted government/regulatory agencies (PACE, CMS, DHCS, etc)

  • Participate in training programs for staff and caregivers.


Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and follow established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance program, safety, environmental, and infection control standards.

  • Enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings, and workshops.

  • Adheres to and models Company's core values and behaviors of Excellence, Empowerment, Integrity, and Respect.

  • Adheres to Company and PACE attendance and punctuality policies and practices.

  • Attend meetings as required and participate on committees as directed.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned or requested



Required Qualifications :

Education Required:

Graduate of an OT curriculum accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and the Accreditation of the American Medical Association and the American OT Association.


Certifications/Licenses Required:

  • Licensed Occupational Therapist in CA   

  • Passing scores on national and state examinations.

  • CA valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

  • Proof of current vehicle insurance (if applicable)

Experience Required:

  • At least two years’ experience as an OT, minimum 1-year experience working with a frail or elderly population


Special Training:

  • Demonstrates clinical competency with the geriatric population. Only acts within the scope of his/her authority to practice. Meet a standardized set of competencies for the specific position description established by San Diego PACE and approved by CMS before working independently.


Equipment Used:

  • Networked personal computer with various applications. Adaptive equipment including wheelchairs, orthoses, eating aids, dressing aids splints, and slings. Equipment and supplies for creative skills such as leatherwork, weaving, needlework, ceramics, woodworking,


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