Our Mission at Pinnacle Home Care is Changing lives through the art of the experience.
We are seeking a Physical Therapy Assistant to join our Polk County Team. Pinnacle Home Care is a full service Medicare Certified and Florida Licensed Home Health Company locally owned and operated by home health professionals who are passionate about delivering exceptional, quality care to the communities that we serve.
We take pride in our home health care professionals who are devoted to fulfilling the levels of service that we uphold. Human service can never be successful without dedication, just as dedication cannot be realized without passion. We hold true to what we say, and take action to our mission. We are not just another home health care agency.
1. Under the direction of a Physical Therapist (PT) provides client services which have been delegated by the PT.
2. Under the supervision of the physical therapist, assists in evaluation and development of a rehabilitative plan of care and periodic re-evaluation as required.
3. Participates in the preparation of clinical and daily progress notes, all notes are reviewed by the PT and submitted according to company policy.
4. As directed, performs routine strengthening and therapeutic exercises and assists the patient with the use of self-help devices.
5. Together with the PT, instructs the client and family and assists in teaching exercise programs to the patient and family.
6. Identifies possible ineffective drug therapy or adverse reactions, significant side effects, drug allergies, and contra-indicated medication and reports same to the PT.
7. Observes, and records activities and findings in the clinical record and reports to the PT and the physician any adverse reaction to treatment.
8. Consults with PT regarding the outcome of home visits and reports physical findings.
9. Instructs other health team personnel including, as appropriate, Home Health Aides, as well as family members with respect to certain phases of physical therapy, so that they may work with the client.
10. Writes daily progress notes on patients, and submits according to company policy, and prepares periodic summary reports as indicated.
11. Attends staff meetings and case conferences.
12. Participates with staff, clients, and physicians in discharge activities and assists the Physical Therapist in completing the Physical Therapy Discharge Summary.
13. Confirms, at least weekly, the scheduling of visits with the Supervisor/Director of Nursing in order to coordinate Agency visits.
14. Assumes responsibility for self development by continually striving to improve his/her health care knowledge through educational programs, attendance at workshops and conferences, active participation in professional and related organizations and individual research and reading.
15.Assumes other duties deemed appropriate and necessary by the PT and as designated by Registered Nurse Case Management and Nursing Supervisor.
16. Participates in effective coordination of schedule to ensure all reassessments are performed in a timely manner (Alerts office if the patient is due for a 30 day assessment and/or recertification).
17. Awareness of the Agency’s QAPI program. Active participation as required per policies and procedures related to the Agency’s QAPI program.
18. Management and follow up of customer complaints, following Agency’s complaint policy.
19. Acute awareness of patient rights and the Agency’s responsibility in honoring patient’s rights. Awareness of patient rights description in Agency’s service agreement and Agency’s admission packet.
20. Awareness of appropriate reasons for a patient discharge and Agency’s policy on appropriate reasons for discharge.
21. Awareness of potential signs of abuse and neglect and the steps required to report suspected abuse and neglect.
22. Awareness and ability to design and identify patient centered and individualized goals with realistic measurable timeframes under the supervision of the Physical Therapist.
23. Awareness of infection prevention and control techniques, both within their scope of practice and within the Agency’s policy and procedures. Awareness and participation in the Agency’s infection control program.
24. Appropriate bag technique policy acknowledgement and demonstrated competence when applicable.
25. Evaluates the client, the client’s significant other(s) and the home situation to determine what instruction will be required, what assistance will be available from the family in caring for the client, and what other Agency and community services will be required.
26. Assures that the physician’s orders are appropriate and discusses necessary changes.
1. The ability to drive and the ability to access client's homes which may not be routinely wheelchair accessible are required.
2. Hearing, eyesight and physical dexterity must be sufficient to perform a physical assessment of the client's condition and to perform client care.
3. On occasion, may be required to bend, stoop, reach and move client weight up to 250 pounds; lift and/or carry up to 30 pounds.
Physical therapy equipment and other medical equipment will be utilized. Hand washing materials and PPE.
Has access to all client medical records which may be discussed with Director of Nursing, the Administrator, the Executive Director, and the Quality Assurance department staff.
1. Must be a graduate of an approved school giving a course of not less than two years for Physical Therapist Assistants.
2. Must be licensed by the State as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
3. Must have one year of experience in an acute/sub-acute setting.