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Speech Therapist

Company: Prime Time Healthcare
Location: Sunnyvale
Posted on: September 15, 2018

Job Description:

**POSITION SUMMARY:**Speech Therapy goals are to restore function, to prevent disability following disease or injury and to help the client reach his/her maximum performance within the limits of his/her capabilities. The Speech and Language Pathologist evaluates and treats patients using--- medically prescribed speech therapy programs.---

**ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:**

- For patient care issues, receives direction and supervision from the assigned Director of Patient Care Services and the Clinical Team Manager.
- For clinical rehabilitation issues, the Clinical Team Manager will provide direction if they are a registered therapist.--- If not, the Director of Rehabilitation Services who is a registered therapist will provide clinical direction.
- Receives annual evaluations from the Director of Rehabilitation Services with input from the assigned Clinical Team Manager (s) and the Directors of Patient Care Services.

**AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:**

- Makes admission and evaluation visits. Notifies assigned Clinical Team Manager of OASIS scores within established timelines.--- Notifies appropriate team members of admission and follow up plans.
- Performs an initial, comprehensive assessment which includes but is not limited to:
- the patient---s eligibility for home care services in accordance with third party payer regulations
- an environmental assessment which includes physical, social and mental status, identified needs and potential to reach treatment and discharge goals.
- an accurate reflection of the patient---s current health status, review of all medications the patient is currently using.
- Documents observations, clinical findings, problems, skilled interventions/treatment, goals and discharge plans.
- In consultation with the assigned Clinical Team Manager, initiates and regularly re-evaluates and revises plan of care.
- On an on-going basis, documents observations, clinical findings, problems, skilled interventions/treatments, goals and discharge plans.
- Assesses the need for the services of other team members (RN, PT, OT, MSW and HHA).
- Provides and documents skilled care, interventions/treatments on all visits (includes skilled observation of the patient's condition, skilled care, procedures or treatments performed and teaching of the patient and/or family).
- Utilizes appropriate evaluation tools in evaluating patient---s auditory, visual, verbal/oral, swallow, graphic and cognitive abilities and develops a plan of treatment with achievable goals in accordance with physician orders.
- Considers patient---s own needs and goals, conditions and environment and coordinates with ancillary services when planning treatment goals.
- Plans and utilizes a ---treatment program to restore or maximize auditory functioning for reception, perception, recognition, discrimination, comprehension and memory,--- to restore or maximize visual functioning for perception, recognition, comprehension and memory, to restore and maximize verbal abilities for language, articulation, apraxia, ---dysphagia, dysarthria, and voice disorders,--- to restore or maximize graphic abilities,--- to restore or maximize cognitive functioning for communicative purposes based on identified needs and customary clinical practice standards.
- Instructs patient and family in home programs to be continued in the therapist---s absence.
- Makes hospital pre-discharge visits for the purpose of coordination and continuity of care, as requested.
- Obtains and documents physician orders.
- Instructs and supervises other agency personnel in speech therapy procedures and techniques which are performed as an adjunct to the speech therapy plan of treatment.
- Coordinates care and documents communication with the assigned Clinical Team Manager(s), physicians and other members of the home care team informing them of significant changes in the patient---s condition and needs.
- Follows established standards for point of service technology, documentation and synchronization.
- Uses agency provided telecommunication devices (i.e. cell phone, voice mail and pager) according to established guidelines.
- Submits weekly visit schedule of assigned patients.--- Collaborates with Clinical Team Manager(s) to address scheduling needs.
- Performs resumption of care, transfers and discharges as requested by the assigned Clinical Team Manager.--- Completes and submits all related documentation within established timeframes.
- Submits all documentation according to agency established timeframes.
- Meets established productivity.
- Attends and actively participates in the clinical team multidisciplinary patient conference.--- When attendance is not possible, provides appropriate input on assigned patients.
- Demonstrates and consistently utilizes established clinical competencies.
- Seeks out and maintains skills and knowledge relevant to rehabilitation in the home care setting.
- Participates in agency sponsored in-service education programs.
- Participates in agency sponsored quality improvement activities.
- Assists in the development of agency protocols, procedures and policies as requested.
- Assesses, develops, organizes and delivers teaching materials for assigned home care patients as appropriate.
- Performs other duties as assigned consistent with skills and training and the mission and goals of Pathways.

**ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS** Physical: Must be able to drive to patients--- homes, climb stairs, use---assessment skills, write treatment plans, progress notes and activities records. Sensory:---Must be able to hear, read, write and speak clearly to effectively communicate in person and via telephone with patients, caretakers, staff, physicians etc. Mental: Must be able to understand supervisor---s directions and make decisions related to patient care and have clinical knowledge and critical thinking ability to effectively plan and provide patient care and education consistent with standards and regulations.

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**QUALIFICATIONS:**

- Graduate from an accredited Speech Pathology curriculum approved by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association.
- California registration as a Speech Pathologist (or eligibility; must take first examination scheduled after appointment) by the California Board of Medical Quality Assurance.
- Minimum of one year---s recent professional Speech Pathology experience.
- Prefer experience in home care and interest in Gerontology.
- Demonstrates willingness and ability to work with electronic input and telecommunication devices.
- Current California driver---s license and automobile insurance.
- Current CPR Certificate

Keywords: Prime Time Healthcare, Sunnyvale , Speech Therapist, Healthcare , Sunnyvale, California

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