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Home Care Physical Therapist

Company: UnityPoint Health
Location: Fort Dodge
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:


$10K Sign on bonus (external candidates)

Physical Therapist - Ft Dodge Home Health

Full-time, Daytime hours, with occasional weekend coverage.

The Physical Therapist (PT) uses clinical expertise, physical assessment, teaching and skilled therapy interventions to deliver high quality patient care in the patient's place of residence. The PT develops or contributes to the development of the home health plan of care under the direction of the physician and facilitates appropriate interdisciplinary involvement to ensure the best outcome for each patient. The PT delivers therapy intervention and treatment directed by the physician as established in the home health plan of care that is consistent with clinical best practices and results in high quality, improved outcomes and exceptional patient experience.

Why UnityPoint Health?

Commitment to our Team - We're proud to be recognized as a Top 150 Place to Work in Healthcare 2022 by Becker's Healthcare for our commitment to our team members.
Culture - At UnityPoint Health, you matter. Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what's right for the people we serve.
Benefits - Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you're in.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment - We're committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
Development - We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience.
Community Involvement - Be an essential part of our core purpose-to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.

Visit to hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work.


Patient Care/Care Coordination

-Makes visits to the homes of patients requiring home health physical therapy services and assumes responsibility for an ongoing interdisciplinary assessment of the patient.

-Performs initial and comprehensive assessments on all patients in accordance with agency policies and procedures.

-Evaluates and assesses the patient's level of functioning by applying appropriate tests.

-Treats clients to relieve pain, develop and restore function and maintain maximum performance using appropriate physical therapy treatments, modalities and procedures as stated in the physical therapy plan of care.

-Initiates diagnostic, preventative and rehabilitative procedures as appropriate to the patient's care delivery

-Ensures quality and safe delivery of services to patients according to the care plan.

-Uses equipment and supplies safely, effectively, and efficiently.

-Promotes patient independence by teaching patients and family members to understand the following as well as any additional education needs identified by the assessing clinician and/or physician:

oTreatment and disease management

oMedications purpose, use, side effects, potential adverse effects

oProper use, safety hazards, and infection control issues related to the use and maintenance of any equipment provided

oPatient plan of care

oEmergency preparedness

oPhases of physical therapy in which they may assist and use of prosthetic and orthotic devices and medical and adaptive equipment

-Provides the services that are ordered by the physician as indicated in the plan of care.

-Provides patient, caregiver and family counseling and education as indicated in the plan of care.

-Develops and continually updates a plan of care that specifies the care and services required to meet patient-specific needs determined during the comprehensive assessment and includes measureable outcomes that will occur as a result of implementing and coordinating the plan of care.

-Develops and updates patient's discharge plan on every visit ensuring patient and caregiver education and training is facilitating timely discharge and measureable goals and outcomes are attainable, realistic and up-to-date.

-Includes the patient, representative and caregiver in all plan of care decisions.

-Assesses the need for plan of care updates and every visit and includes the patient and family in care planning decisions and communicates care plan revisions to the patient, representative, caregiver and all physicians issuing orders for the home health plan of care.

-Maintains accurate and timely documentation of clinical records and time/travel entries.

-Receives, relays and documents verbal orders in accordance with state and federal regulations and in a timely manner to prevent adverse patient outcomes.

-Is responsible for obtaining physician orders prior to initiation of care and notifying the physician of any changes in the patient's condition.

-Communicates with all physicians involved in the plan of care and other health care practitioners related to the current plan of care.

-Identifies patient's risks for hospitalization and/or emergency department use and proactively intervenes to prevent adverse events.

-Supervises home health aide and physical therapy assistant staff and documents supervision in the patient medical record.

Home Care Performance Criteria

-Delivers quality care and completes clear, concise and accurate clinical documentation of care provision in accordance with home health conditions of participation (CoPs), various payer home health coverage criteria, accreditation standards, professional standards for discipline/credential and the home health plan of care.

-Maintains competence in OASIS data collection and documentation and submits all initial and corrected assessments according to CMS guidance and agency policies and procedures.

-Participates in clinical review of records to monitor quality and accuracy, appropriate utilization, appropriate involvement of interdisciplinary team members, appropriate referrals and coordination of care.

Graduate of a Physical Therapist education program approved by The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), a successor organization of CAPTE, or an education program outside the United States determined to be substantially equivalent to physical therapist entry-level education in the United States by a credentials evaluation organization approved by the American Physical Therapy Association.
Passed an examination for Physical Therapists approved by the state in which physical therapy services are provided.
Licensed as a PT by the state in which practicing, unless licensure does not apply within state regulation
One year experience caring for similar patient population as to be assigned.
Basic knowledge of current, frequently used medications, including modes of administration, actions and side effects.
Able to perform physical therapy assessment and treatment in the home setting without direct supervision.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Ability to work as a collaborative team member.
Ability to understand and apply guidelines, policies and procedures.
Ability to navigate and perform basic use of Microsoft Office products.
Maintains a reliable mode of transportation and has the ability to drive safely during all day and night hours and in all types of inclement weather.


Keywords: UnityPoint Health, Des Moines , Home Care Physical Therapist, Other , Fort Dodge, Iowa

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