Occupational Therapist (OT) – Home Health

Occupational Therapist (OT) – Home Health

Occupational Therapist (PT) - Home Health


POSITION TYPE: Occupational Therapist

SETTING: Home Health

LOCATION: Sacramento, CA

SHIFT: Days

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Permanent


Job Description:

Occupational therapists (OTs) who work in home health are responsible for helping individuals regain or maintain their ability to perform daily living activities at home, such as dressing, bathing, cooking, and cleaning. They also work with patients to improve their cognitive, physical, and sensory abilities, as well as their overall quality of life.


The job responsibilities of an occupational therapist in home health may include:

  1. Assessing the patient's needs and abilities to develop a treatment plan.
  2. Helping patients improve their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination through exercises and activities.
  3. Helping patients regain their ability to perform daily living activities, such as dressing, bathing, and grooming.
  4. Providing education and training to patients and their caregivers on adaptive equipment and techniques to facilitate daily activities.
  5. Developing home exercise programs to help patients increase their strength, flexibility, and endurance.
  6. Collaborating with other healthcare professionals, such as physicians, nurses, and social workers, to ensure the patient's overall care needs are met.
  7. Documenting patient progress and communicating with the patient's healthcare team regarding any changes in the patient's condition.
  8. Participating in team meetings and continuing education to ensure clinical competency and best practices.



Job Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Direct Deposit
  • 401K
  • Comprehensive Health, Dental, and Vision benefits
  • Excellent room for growth and advancement



Requirements:

  1. Education: A minimum of a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy (OT) is required. Many employers prefer candidates with a master's degree in OT. The educational program must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
  2. License and Certification: A valid state license to practice occupational therapy is required. OTs must pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam to become certified. Continuing education is also required to maintain certification.
  3. Work Experience: Many employers prefer candidates with experience working in home health or a similar setting. Experience in geriatrics, neurology, or pediatrics is also highly valued.
  4. Communication Skills: OTs must have excellent communication skills to interact effectively with patients, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals. They should be able to listen actively and communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  5. Critical Thinking Skills: OTs must be able to analyze patient data and develop individualized treatment plans. They should be able to think creatively and develop solutions to complex problems.
  6. Physical Requirements: OTs must be able to lift and transfer patients, perform manual dexterity tasks, and stand or sit for long periods.
  7. Transportation: OTs must have a reliable means of transportation to travel to and from patient homes.
  8. Other Requirements: Many employers require OTs to have liability insurance and undergo a criminal background check.


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