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Occupational Therapist 

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Full-Time/Part-Time PRN  
Shift Various Shifts  

This position is responsible for providing occupational therapy services to patients in their place of residence.

Ensures the efficient delivery of occupational 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.

Conducts evaluation visits.

  • Reviews and evaluates physician's referral and patient's medical record to determine occupational therapy required.
  • Identifies self as a representative of the agency to patients and their families at the start of evaluation visits.
  • Performs patient tests, measurements, and evaluations, to determine the level of function, and record and evaluate findings to aid in establishing or revising specifics of treatment programs.
  • Plans and prepares a written treatment program based on the evaluation of available patient data.
  • Ensures patients are adequately educated on the specific care they will receive.
  • Ensures the accurate completion of all evaluation visits documents in a timely manner.
  • Ensures the accurate documentation of evaluation visits in a timely manner.
  • Independently identifies educational needs of patients and their families related to patients'/clients' specific care needs and ensures patients and their families are timely and adequately educated.
  • Develops a plan of care to address patients specific care needs.

Manages patient occupational therapy 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 and their families at the start of visits, as necessary.
  • Plans and administers prescribed occupational therapy treatment programs for patients to restore function and prevent disability following disease, injury or loss of body part.
  • Observes, documents, and reports to the physician or the patient's treatment, response and progress.
  • Instructs other staff, including, when appropriate, home health aides and family members, in certain phases of occupational therapy with which they may work with the patients.
  • Instructs patients and family in total occupational therapy program.
  • Identifies, recommends, documents and implements changes to the plan of care as approved by patients' physicians in a timely manner.
  • Ensures the accurate and efficient procurement of medical supplies in a timely manner.
  • Works to maximize patient outcomes.
  • Exemplifies and promotes positive, professional, and effective communication between and among disciplines.
  • Acts as the point of contact for patients, their families, caregivers, and physicians.
  • Ensures the accurate completion of all visit documents in a timely manner.
  • Ensures the accurate documentation of visits in a timely manner.

Supervises qualified Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant(s) (COTA) in accordance with the plan of care and the Illinois Occupational Therapy Practice Act and documents these visits accordingly.

  • Is accessible by telephone to the COTA at all times while the COTA is treating patients.
  • Completes on-site supervision every four to six visits.

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

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 occupational therapy curriculum REQUIRED.
  • License to practice occupational therapy 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 occupational therapy PREFERRED.
  • Previous experience practicing occupational 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 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.


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


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 Exempt  

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