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Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant, PRN

at Volunteers of America

Posted: 6/24/2020
Job Status: On Call
Job Reference #: 3372/5945

Job Description

COTA (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant), PRN

Gulf Coast Village, Cape Coral, FL


PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS: Registered therapists and all therapy staff, residents, nursing, social services, activities, families, coordinates with other departments and staff.

OBJECTIVE: To provide quality ongoing therapy to all patients within the facility per physician's orders. Communicate on an ongoing basis with therapist, residents and staff, the progress of such designed programs. The Assistant assists the therapist with resident/patient related activities and direct resident/patient care. The Assistant keeps department records as per facility policy.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Performs therapy treatment and related duties delegated by the therapist.
a. Performs therapy treatment in a safe and professional manner.
b. Maintains clinical skill competencies.
c. Respond promptly to acute changes in the patient's physiological state, report changes to therapist and record pertinent changes.
d. Modify treatment techniques in conference with therapist.
e. Teach patients, their families and other health care providers to perform selected treatment procedures and functional activities.
f. Directly assist the therapist in performing complex evaluations and/or treatment procedures.
2. Provides Therapy to the residents upon written order of the residents' attending physician and specifically:
a. Communicates a report on the residents' progress to the therapist and attending physician.
b. Consults with the therapist and the physician regarding residents' change of condition as indicated during the course of treatment.
c. Assists with re-evaluation of the resident in conjunction with the therapist and attending physician.
3. Prepares and maintains timely treatment records with progress notes and observations including:
a. Physician's Orders.
b. Objectives of Treatment.
c. Plan of care.
d. Treatment procedure(s) and baseline clinical data.
e. Assessment of progress and resident's response to treatment.
f. Other pertinent information as required by the facility's policies.
4. Assists with planning, scheduling, mailing, transporting, filing of documents, and coordinating of Therapy services offered by the department.
5. Participates in resident care planning conferences when needed to coordinate the care of the resident.
6. Participates and provides services for Restorative Nursing Program.
7. Conducts or participates in continuing education programs for facility staff as coordinated by the Education Director; i.e. new staff orientation, Silverchair.
8. Provides teaching and training to the resident or family.
9. Ensures that Therapy services are provided on a continuous basis, without interruption. This involves informing the supervisor of upcoming vacations, leave of absences, or other reasons when a replacement therapist may be needed.
10. Assists with supervision of maintenance of equipment and supplies, and evaluates and notifies the Department Head on a continuing basis of the condition of the Department's equipment.
11. Recommends to the Department Head purchases or repairs of department equipment.
12. Assists with management of department inventory control program.
13. Enforces customer service principles and may be asked to be a member of ongoing committees.
14. Performs other duties or special assignments as directed by the Department Head.
15. Assists with coordinating the Therapy program with other rehabilitative services the resident is receiving.
16. Responsible for documentation of treatment notes for assigned residents.
17. Assists in the monthly billing process as assigned and supervised by the Therapist.
18. Abides by regulations pertaining to the facility as established by Federal and State agencies and Volunteers of America Care Facilities policies.
19. Assists with the department's infection control and safety programs as directed by the Therapist.
20. Understands facility fire and disaster plans and safety programs. Follows established procedures.
21. Attends required in-services & completes assigned on-line modules.
22. Performs other department duties or special assignments as directed by the Therapist.

Cautionary Note

The Assistant does not perform any of the following activities:

1. Evaluation of residents.
2. Determination of resident's treatment program.
3. Receive or interpret physician's orders.
4. Modify or change occupational therapy treatments.
5. Terminate treatments without directions of the Therapist.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

1. Interacts with staff, consultants and outside vendors.
2. May be subjected to interruptions throughout the workday.
3. Exposure to blood, body tissue of fluids.
4. Exposure to hazardous waste materials, dust and loud or unpleasant noises.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to meet these demands:

1. Employee needs ability to move continuously; may cover large distances walking through facility and is on feet consistently.
2. Frequent sitting or standing.
3. Vision requirements include both near and far vision.
4. Frequently required bend, stoop, squat, twist, reach, crouch, knell, push and pull; occasionally required to climb, crawl, and balance.
5. Employee is required to frequently carry up to twenty-five (25) lbs. and to carry up to seventy-five (75) lbs.; frequently required to lift up to one hundred (100) lbs., and occasionally lift up to seventy-five (75) lbs.
6. Ability to adapt to changes in daily work hours and schedule.
7. Frequent repetitive pushing, pulling, grasping and fine manipulation.
8. Frequent resident handling.
9. Ability to hear normal sounds within background noise.
10. Ability to speak clearly and make self understood.
11. Ability to keep attention on task if routinely interrupted.
12. Ability to understand a variety of concepts/approaches.
13. Ability to remember tasks/assignments for a full shift.
14. Ability to work beyond regularly scheduled shift (overtime) when necessary.
15. At times may be required to drive automotive equipment.

Safe Work Performance Expectations

The safety of employees, residents and visitors is of paramount importance to Volunteers of America. Our work place safety program will be incorporated as the standard of practice for this organization. Compliance with these safe work expectations will be required of all employees as a condition of employment. Our organization focus will hold all employees accountable for safety performance equal with quality and production expectations.

Employees will be expected to:

1. Follow correct policy and procedures for department and facility Fire/Disaster/Missing Person Plan. Know the location of fire alarms and extinguishers.
2. Follow correct policy and procedure for hand washing.
3. Follow guidelines for proper method of lifting.
4. All doorways, hallways and areas are to be kept clear.
5. Know the location and purpose of Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
6. Follow guidelines for department environment and safety measures.
7. Follow guidelines for safe handling, inspection, maintenance and storage of equipment. Report any malfunction of equipment.
8. Follow guidelines for safe handling and storage of chemicals and supplies.
9. Follow correct policy and procedure for reporting of incidents: staff, residents, etc.

Job Functions

Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, this job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you may be required to perform. The omission of specific descriptions of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or can be considered essential to this position.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Graduate from a Therapy Assistant accredited curriculum. Eligible for certification and/or licensure per state regulations.
2. Is a registered assistant the state of employment or is eligible for registration in the state of employment.
3. Ability to understand medical terminology and how it applies to Therapy in order to communicate with residents, staff and physicians, and to prepare meaningful reports.
4. Coordination and dexterity necessary to manipulate tools and materials while instructing residents.
5. Adequate strength and endurance to meet the physical demands involved in using equipment, tools, and materials while instructing residents.
7. Verbal and written ability is necessary to understand oral and written instructions; to communicate with residents, staff and family; and to prepare reports as directed by the Registered Therapist.
8. Motor coordination, manual and finger dexterity are necessary to coordinate movements of eyes, hands and fingers and to manipulate materials while instructing residents.
9. Spatial and form perception are necessary to visualize shapes, patterns and other pertinent details in specifications and pictures.
10. Ability to undertake a variety of changing duties as required by many different projects.
11. Ability to work under specific instructions as to the scope of a project, but to use initiative and judgment in adapting project to patient.
12. Ability to observe all necessary precautions in the use of equipment to prevent injury to resident or staff.
13. Be willing to work weekends and holidays, as needed, on a rotational basis.
14. Be willing to travel and work at other VOA facilities, as needed.
15. Maintain productivity standards as directed by supervisor.
16. Ability to utilize computers and other electronic devices for tasks such as timekeeping, in-servicing and documentation.
17. Able to meet the requirements identified in the Essential Functions.

EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled

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