The Physical Therapist (PT) serves as a staff physical therapist with evaluation and treatment responsibilities in outpatient, inpatient and acute rehabilitation despite primary focus in home setting. The primary responsibility for providing in-home physical therapy assessments, and the planning, and administration and management of rehabilitation in the home for patients of the CTVHCS and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) Home Based Primary Care Program (HBPC). Major duties include, but are not limited to: Independently develops, implements and evaluates therapeutic rehabilitation programs within the framework of HBPC, in GEC service. Considers the populations served by the medical center when assessing and validating the knowledge, skills, and ability of clients to fulfill therapy goals and interventions. Assess the goals, living skills, physical abilities, and related needs for each patient referred for in-home assessment and assessment at the facility. Completes safety assessments after falls to include recommendations relevant to the veteran's home environment, health/ disease status and available resources. Performs a yearly home assessment with each enrolled veteran per HBPC directive. Develops a treatment plan directed toward achieving maximum level of functioning within the home, consulting with other clinicians as indicated, and developing the plan in collaboration with the patient, caregiver and other involved HBPC disciplines. Implements the treatment plan by: providing direct patient care; procuring necessary equipment/adaptive devices; instructing and training the client and caregiver concerning exercises, activities of daily living, rehabilitation techniques, and equipment/adaptive devices; and recommending community referrals. Provides follow up assessments after equipment has been provided to assure correct use and understanding of the equipment. Reassess patients' levels of functioning and home environment, revising the treatment plan as indicated and terminating treatment objectives when met and/or the patient has achieved maximum benefit or has moved to a higher level of need not amenable to HBPC criteria and purpose. Evaluates the need for additional services and use professional judgment to initiate consultation with other professionals to provide such services. Evaluates the home for positional changes to promote the patient's safety and independence. Participates in the HBPC Performance Improvement Program, including completing assessment and documentation required by performance measures applicable to the PT's role. Serves as content expert in ordering complex and specialized medical equipment. Practices safe home care, recognizing the potential risks associated with various home and communities and adjusts visit times to assure to personal and client safety. Provides the team with weekly visit schedule on HBPC SharePoint calendar. Participates in HBPC Disaster drill. Incorporates disaster training into home therapy visits, re-enforcing the plan developed for management of disasters. Follows all policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental regulations and requirements and be good stewards of the environment through pollution prevention, waste minimization and resource conservation. When applicable, shall consider environmentally preferable and recycled products in all purchasing. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600249400
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.