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Physical Therapy Assistant 

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
 
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Description

This position is responsible for providing physical therapy services to patients pursuant to the established treatment plan.

Ensures the efficient delivery of physical therapy services, hereinafter referred to as 'services' while at a minimum adhering to state and federal laws, state and federal rules, accrediting body standards, accepted physical therapy practices, ethical standards, agency policies and procedures, the agency's mission and values, the agency's code of conduct, and business decorum.

  • Implements patient/client physical therapy regiment pursuant to the established plan of care and conducts visits.
  • Accurately completes weekly schedule and conducts visits ensuring compliance with established visit frequencies.
  • Ensures the start and completion of visits are independently documented using telephony or other prescribed method.
  • Identifies self as a representative of the agency to patients/clients and their families at the start of visits, as necessary.
  • Administers prescribed physical therapy treatment programs for patients/clients to restore function, relieve pain, and prevent disability following disease, injury or loss of body part.
  • Administers manual therapeutic exercises to improve or maintain muscle function, applying precise amounts of manual force and guiding patient's body parts through selective patterns and degrees of movement.
  • Instructs, motivates and assists patients/clients in non-manual exercises, such as active regimens, isometric and progressive resistive, and in functional activities using available equipment and assistive and supportive devices, such as crutches, walkers, canes, orthoses and prostheses.
  • Administers treatment involving application of physical agents, such as heat, light, cold, water and electricity.
  • Administers traction and massage.
  • Evaluates, fits and adjusts prosthetic and orthotic devices and recommend modifications to the orthotist/prosthetist.
  • Observes, documents, and reports to the Physical Therapist the patient's/client's treatment, response and progress.
  • Instructs patients/clients and family on specific issues within the physical therapy program.
  • Works to maximize patient/client outcomes.
  • Ensures the accurate completion of all visit documents in a timely manner.
  • Ensures the accurate documentation of visits in a timely manner.

Attends and participates in meetings and activities to effect quality and performance improvement.

  • Ensures competencies are completed in a timely manner.
  • Participates in agency sponsored continuing education opportunities.
  • With supervisor, identifies continuing education opportunities to improve job-related knowledge and skills.
  • Takes an active role in learning changes to state and federal laws, state and federal rules, accrediting body standards, accepted physical therapy practices, ethical standards, agency policies and procedures, the agency's mission and values, the agency's code of conduct, and business decorum.
  • Takes an active role in learning existing, new, and updates to technology utilized by the agency, including but not limited to patient/client care software, telehealth, and the Microsoft office suite.
  • Attends and participates in various meetings, including but not limited to staff meetings.

Effectively represents the agency in a professional manner.

Communicates significant events and other data necessary for timely and accurate decision-making to the appropriate individuals.

 
Position Requirements

Educational Requirements / Work Experience

  • Graduate of an accredited physical therapy assistant curriculum REQUIRED.
  • License to practice as a physical therapy assistant in the State of Illinois REQUIRED.
  • Certified to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation PREFERRED.  Certified to perfor CPR within six (6) months of hire REQUIRED.
  • At least one (1) year of experience practicing physical therapy PREFERRED.
  • Previous experience practicing physical therapy in a home health setting PREFERRED.

Other Requirements

  • Valid Driver's License
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Ability to take direction
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Punctuality
  • Good personal hygiene
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift 20 lbs above one’s head.
  • Ability to perform a maximum assist for stand pivot transfer.
  • Ability to bend, sit, walk and write.
  • Manual dexterity.
  • Visual/hearing ability sufficient to comprehend written/verbal communication.
  • Ability to perform tasks involving physical activity, which may include heavy lifting and extensive bending and standing.
  • Ability to deal effectively with stress.
 
Location Springfield, IL  
About the Organization Alterna-Care Home Health System is the most comprehensive home health agency in central Illinois. Providing home health, private duty, hospice and assisted living services, ACHHS offers a continuum of care unmatched in the region. With offices in Springfield, Jacksonville and Litchfield, ACHHS provides care to the residents of 31 central Illinois counties. Being nurse-founded and family-owned makes for the right combination to address the needs of our patients, their families and our employees.

OUR MISSION

To preserve the DIGNITY and INDEPENDENCE of those we serve through COMPASSIONATE and COLLABORATIVE care.

OUR VALUES

LEADERSHIP - Our commitment to excellence drives us to develop and engage leaders who provide expert care and help manage the organization at the highest level of skill and ability possible. Employing ethical business decisions at all times is one way ACHHS distinguishes itself as a community leader.

COMMUNITY - Being a steward of the community is as important to us as providing exceptional care. ACHHS is committeed to giving our time, talents, and resources to organizations who share our goal of enriching the communities in which we live.

QUALITY OF LIFE - It is our responsibility to help clients, patients, and residents remain healthy and independent, and to provide them comfort and support at the end of life. We are also responsible for enhancing the quality of life or our employees and do so in part by providing job-related knowledge and skills and by maintaining a professional and supportive work environment.

TECHNOLOGY - ACHHS understands that as technology evolves patients with increasingly complex needs can be cared for in the comfort of their homes. Consequently, we continually seek to identify and invest in new technologies that enable us to provide care more effectively, more efficiently and to more individuals.  
Category Therapy  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

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