The New Jersey VA Healthcare system-Lyons campus is currently recruiting for 1 Physical Therapist. The incumbent works administratively and programmatically for the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC of the Extended Care (EC) Service and is clinically managed through Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services (PMRS). The incumbent spends a majority of work time administering administrative and treatment programs related to the care of the Geriatric patients. She/he represents physical therapy and EC/HBPC in policy and procedure development, the development of QA Monitors related to the geriatric patient and the development of standards of care to insure compliance with accrediting and professional organizations relating to the care of geriatric patients. Functions as the physical therapist on an interdisciplinary team, representing the EC/HBPC and the Physical Therapy Section by communicating directly with team members such as patient's physician, nursing personnel social worker, dietitian, psychologist, pharmacist and other Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service disciplines involved with the patient's care. She/he advises them of patient's needs and progress, also providing discharge planning information. Some duties include but are not limited to: Performs home safety evaluations as prescribed by Provider. Recognition of age, development and cultural needs of patients. Performs physical therapy evaluation and treatment with outpatients and male and female, ages ranging from adult to geriatric, the majority being geriatric, having a variety of disabilities. These cases may be complex in nature with chronic and acute disease entities including but not limited to central nervous system disorders, joint diseases, circulatory and pulmonary diseases, diabetes mellitus, altered thought processes and multi system disease combinations. Has ability to determine the most appropriate plan of care relative to the patient's diagnosis and age. Skills were obtained through formal education and are maintained by continuing education. Serves as role model for students and others on the physical therapy staff. Employs unusual motivational techniques to enlist patient participation and adapts equipment and procedures to carry out a full range of complex treatment activities. Evaluates patient's condition upon appropriate referral to physical therapy to determine treatment plan. Refers the patients to the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service physician when determined to be necessary. Performs and interprets results of tests and measurements for use in preparing for modification and/or evaluation of patient treatment, and adjusts the treatment based on changes in patient's condition. Evaluates patient's needs with respect to prescribed braces, orthotics and prostheses. Selects appropriate durable medical equipment, determines which suits the patient best, and recommends necessary modifications to provide for proper fit. Demonstrates advanced knowledge and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in a specialized treatment area of Physical Therapy. Demonstrates ability to serve as a consultant for health care providers regarding the delivery of care within the geriatric physical therapy population. This would include the ability to teach and mentor medical center staff in this specialized area of Physical therapy. Has the ability to guide and evaluate the work of an interdisciplinary team in this specialized area of physical therapy. Demonstrates advanced skill to perform and interpret specialized evaluative procedures and tests in the evaluation and treatment outcomes in the geriatric specialty area. Serves as subject matter expert in the area of geriatrics and as a consultant to physical therapy and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating geriatric patients. Receives patient referrals from an appropriate source and schedules patients for evaluation and treatment in a timely fashion. Reviews charts to assess appropriateness of the referrals and possible contraindications for treatment. Schedules patients for treatment, considering priority and frequency of care and coordinating schedules with other members of the treatment team. Flexibility of the schedule must be maintained to allow for unscheduled patients and for family conferences. Documents performance and timely treatment and achievement of treatment goals assuring a high level of productivity and cost effective treatments are provided. Establishes and maintains an appropriate QA monitor relating to geriatric patients as/when needed. Attends interdisciplinary treatment team meeting when needed to provide input with regards to patient progress and discharge potential when indicated. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8am-4:30pm Telework: Available, upon successful completion of probationary period after minimally 6 months Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Physical Therapist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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