Under the direction of the Manager of Community Housing, the Occupational Therapy Assistant provides direct occupational therapy treatment/intervention to residents of the Community Housing Unit that address the residents' rehabilitation and recovery goals.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:*
Demonstrates commitment to the mission of the agency with a strong understanding and respect for the goals of agency activities.
Under the supervision of the Occupational Therapist, selects, implements and modifies therapeutic activities consistent with the resident's treatment plans.
Contributes to the occupational therapy screening, evaluation, and re-evaluation process.
Documents occupational therapy treatment sessions.
Provides verbal and written reports of the observations/consumer capacities to OTR and house staff (i.e. clinician, program coordinator, nurse, or RSWs).
Contributes to discontinuation or transition plans for occupational therapy services.
Contributes to evaluating the safety and effectiveness of occupational therapy processes and interventions.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Represents the agency to the community in a professional manner by demonstrating a professional attitude, sound judgment, and continuity in interactions with others in the community.
Participates in continuing education and advanced study of professional development in order to meet mandatory requirements of professional status. Responsible for maintaining all requirements to maintain Maine Occupational Therapy licensure.
Adheres to agency, unit, and program policies and procedures and the agency Risk and Safety Management Programs.
Adheres to organizational standards of performance (see attached).
Performs other related duties as required.
Associates degree or equivalent and certification as an Occupational Therapist Assistant required. Knowledge of the fundamentals of psychosocial rehabilitation and a minimum of 1-3 years of experience working in a mental health setting.
Ability to accurately assess the strengths and needs of the residents, to choose appropriate treatment activities that will enable residents to meet their goals, and to communicate clearly with the residents, OTR, and other staff.
Demonstrated knowledge in the theories and practice of occupational therapy, especially in assessing physical and emotional needs.
Ability to be empathetic when dealing with a variety of resident health concerns.
Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized, and functions under stressful situations.
Maintains a good working relationship within the department and with other departments.
Demonstrates the ability to effectively collaborate with other services providers in enhancing consumer care.
Ability to be detail oriented and handle multiple tasks.
Excellent listening, teaching, and organizational skills.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; to establish positive public relations; and to interact effectively with a wide variety of people.
Ability to analyze emergency situations and adopt effective courses of action according to department procedures.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Normal office environment, not subject to extremes in temperature, noise, odors, etc.
Uses normal office equipment (phone, computer, photocopier, etc.), as well as housekeeping equipment as indicated by work with residents (vacuum, washer, dryer, etc.). Will also work with adaptive equipment (reachers, dressing devices, etc.).
May spend extended periods of performing continual and repetitive motions, including, but not limited to lifting, bending, stooping, twisting, pulling, pushing, and prolonged walking and standing while working with consumers.
May also spend periods of time at terminal, on telephone, or operating other office machines, requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity.
More than half of time spent in normal office setting.
Requires travel to and work at all agency residential programs.
*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.