The RequirementsTo meet the basic qualification 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 Occupational Therapist opportunity, you also should have:
- Completed an occupational therapy program which has been jointly accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education, Accreditation of the American Medical Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
- Current licensure as an Occupational Therapist by the California Board of Occupational Therapy.
- Current Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) or Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED) certification.
- Two years of appropriate experience as an Occupational Therapist is preferred, but we will also 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.
- Knowledge of or the ability to learn Medicare regulations, including how to perform an Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS), within three months.
- Ability to safely assist patients weighing at least 100 lbs, using proper body mechanics in changing bed position, getting up from bed, transferring, and walking up to 100 feet as patient is safely able, with or without devices, and with or without caregiver assistance.
- 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.
In order to 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 Patient Care Services (DPCS), you will join a growing team of Occupational Therapists. You will also interact regularly with other members of a multidisciplinary care team, and you may work with Certified OT Assistants on some cases. In those cases, you'll maintain strong contact between yourself and the OT Assistant. If you are full-time, you can expect to travel to visit about six patients per day. Typically, you will have a mix of appointments each day, including evaluations, treatments and discharges, making paperwork manageable.
As Occupational Therapist, you will help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments. You will work with individuals who suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling condition, and use treatments to develop, recover or maintain the daily living and work skills of your patients. You will not only help clients improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, you will also help compensate for permanent loss of function. Ultimately, your goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
More specifically, you will:
- Evaluate your patient's functional status (muscle function, endurance, visual coordination, written and verbal communication skills, self-care ability, work capacity, etc.).
- Evaluate the home environment for hazards or barriers to more independent living. Identify equipment needs.
- Participate in the development of the total plan of care.
- For patients who plan to return to work, the occupational therapist may perform a work capacity evaluation and may refer to specialized vocational training in accordance with CVHCare policy.
- Develop treatment program and establish goals for improved function. Communicate plan of care to referring physician and other organization professionals.
- May teach new skills or retrain patient in once familiar daily activities that have been lost due to illness or injury, in accordance with CVHCare policy.
- May fabricate splints and instruct patient in the use of various types of adaptive equipment to improve function.
- May train patient in the use of prosthetic and/or orthotic devices.
- Maintain appropriate clinical records, clinical notes, and report to the physician any changes in the patient's condition. Submit these records in accordance with CVHCare policy.
- Maintain contact/communication with other personnel involved in the patient’s care to promote coordinated, efficient care.
- Attend and contribute to in-services, case conferences, and other meetings as required by CVHCare policy to ensure coordinated and comprehensive plans of care for the patients of the Organization.
- Identify patient and family/caregiver needs for other home health services and refer as appropriate.
- Instruct patient's family/caregiver and other CVHCare health care personnel in patient's treatment regime when indicated and appropriate.
- Supervise Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants according to organization policy and state regulations.
- When therapy is the only skilled service, instruct, supervise and evaluate home health aide care every two (2) weeks.
- Participate in discharge planning for patient.
More Good Reasons'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, insurance verification, 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.
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.