The RequirementsTo meet the basic qualifications for this role you will have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. To be a good fit for the Physical Therapist opportunity, you also should have:
- A bachelor's degree or higher in Physical Therapy from an accredited program.
- Current licensure as a Physical Therapist by the California Board of Physical Therapy.
- Current Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) or Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED) certification.
- A year of experience as a Physical Therapist is preferred, but we also will consider qualified recent graduates.
- Experience with home health care is preferred, but at a minimum, you should be able to work, visit patients and follow CVHCare procedures with minimal supervision.
- Sufficient computer skills to operate and complete documentation in a timely manner in an electronic medical record (EMR) application.
- The ability to learn Medicare regulations, including how to perform an Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS), within three months.
- Bilingual skills are a plus, but we offer translation services in more than 150 languages.
- A passion for excellent patient care.
- Solid interpersonal and communication skills, including:
- A confident and encouraging bedside manner.
- The ability to interact effectively with diverse patients and families.
- A proactive approach to collaborating with multidisciplinary care team members.
- The ability to communicate clinical observations to the physician.
- Strong self-motivation and the ability to organize and prioritize workload independently.
- Flexibility, adaptability and excellent problem-solving skills.
If you drive to visit patients, you will need a current valid driver's license and a registered, insured vehicle. Qualified candidates will be required to pass a background check.
The RoleReporting to the Director of Rehabilitation or Rehabilitation Manager, you will join a growing team of Physical Therapists. You also will interact regularly with other members of our multidisciplinary care team, and you may work with PT Assistant on some cases.
You'll provide a variety of therapy services to help patients who have been injured or physically affected by illness, to recover and/or improve function. This will include evaluating a patient's condition and developing a customized physical rehabilitation and treatment plan to enhance strength, flexibility, range of motion and motor control, as well as to reduce any pain, discomfort and swelling the patient is experiencing. If you are full-time you can expect to visit about six patients a day.
More specifically, you will:
- Provide physical therapy services to patients according to a written physician's plan of care. This may include, but will not be limited to, assessing and evaluating therapeutic/rehabilitative/functional level of function, and participating in the development of the total plan of care.
- Evaluate home environment.
- Assess for muscle strength, mobility, gait, ROM -- potential for rehab.
- Direct physical therapy treatment.
- Instruct patients and families/caregivers in the use and care of therapeutic appliances.
- Determine priority needs for physical therapy
- Notify physician of patient plan of care (POC) and update on any changes in condition throughout care.
- Initiate physical therapy program and instruct other personnel and/or family/caregivers in certain phases of physical therapy.
- Involve family/caregivers in the development of patient POC.
- Train patient in the use of prosthetic devices as appropriate.
- Identify patient and family/caregiver needs for other home health services and refer as necessary. This will include advising and consulting with the family and other agency personnel.
- Prepare and submit clinical and progress notes and summaries based on the attainment of goals, and revise plan of care as necessary.
- Participate in discharge planning for patient.
- Prepare and submit a clinical progress summary based on the attainment of goals as directed by Organization policy.
- Provide physical therapy consultation to home families/caregivers when indicated.
- Provide in-service education programs for nursing organization personnel as needed, and participate in in-service programs.
- Participate in peer consultation process.
- Supervise Physical Therapy Assistants according to organization policy and state regulations.
- Instruct, supervise and evaluate home health aide care every two (2) weeks in cases where therapy is the only skilled service.
More Good Reasons to Join'Own' your caseload
In contrast to most clinical settings, you will enjoy significant one-on-one time with your patients. This will allow you to observe and assess each patient holistically, including hazards in the environment, available support networks and other factors that will shape your care plan. Our patient census is growing rapidly, so you'll carry the caseload you want, whether you're full or part time.
Setting you up for success
At CVHCare, our leaders take pride in being open and responsive to employee input. For example:
- We created an operational support team for clinicians to reduce documentation, like pre-populating the medication reconciliation, Plan of Care formulation, coding, tracking down DME orders, getting MD signatures, chart auditing, lab follow-up, etc.
- We brought in an IT team to develop a proprietary EMR system that will facilitate documentation. It is in the pilot stages but should be in production soon.
- You'll work with a dedicated scheduler, who will get to know your preferences and be a great daily resource.
You'll have a good deal of leeway in scheduling your hours and even days, as long as you accommodate patient needs. You can choose to work Monday through Friday, or work one weekend day and have a weekday free. In general you'll work standard hours, but you also could take a two-hour break between morning and afternoon patients, making up those two hours in the early evening.
Your supervisors are happy to take calls or meet with you to answer care questions, brainstorm ideas or help clear up confusion. Our executives take turns in a 24-hour on-call rotation to make themselves available to you at any time. We'll provide the tools you need, including a smartphone, laptop/tablet, visit bag, clinical equipment and field devices.
You'll enjoy paid orientation, which includes extensive classroom and hands-on training, and incorporates a simulation skills lab and 1:1 field training with seasoned peers and clinical management. Our dedicated Clinical Training Department offers ongoing learning, and we pay for continuing education and training. If you have the ambition, and once you've proven yourself in this role, you might set your sights on moving up to a clinical trainer, agency manager or division lead role.
We are committed to fostering a culture of trust and honesty, recognizing that it helps motivate all of us to provide high quality care. We regularly survey employees regarding job satisfaction, supervisor performance and feedback regarding the workplace. We also recognize and reward top performers.
Full spectrum care
You'll work with clinicians in a variety of specialties, including skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical social work and registered dietitians. Our patient population is largely geriatric, but may include people of all ages.
Full and part time employees (those who work at least 32 hours per week) can enroll in benefits after 30 days. Health and dental insurance are 100% covered for employees. You'll start accruing PTO on day one, with two weeks offered during the first year. You also can enroll in the 401(k) plan after 90 days.
Keys to SuccessIf you are new to home health care, we think you will find it very rewarding. At the same time, it is different from working in a clinical setting. Working in the field means you'll need to be resourceful and self-sufficient in solving problems and achieving goals. Flexibility and adaptability are also essential; for example, the schedule you start with in the morning may change during the course of the day. In addition to focusing on the orthopedic aspects of a patient's case, you will have case management responsibilities. This will involve performing a full system review, including taking vitals, assessing safety issues, accounting for conditions like diabetes, and more.
We have created a strong support infrastructure, so you won't feel like you are on an island. Just the same, you should be proactive about communicating with patients, families, physicians, other clinicians, your supervisor, your scheduler and other stakeholders. We have tools to help you do so, but it will be up to you to put them to good use. You should be comfortable incorporating technology into your work routine.
Those who excel at CVH are passionate about patient care, and about making a difference in the lives of patients and their families. In addition, they are:
- Motivated to go above and beyond, and enjoy taking on challenges.
- Honest and forthright while also being respectful and collaborative.
- Highly engaged in the CVHCare mission and vision.