Website Aspire of Western New York
Graduate of an accredited Physical Therapy Program with a Bachelors Degree. New York State Certification by American Physical Therapy Association or License eligible. Able to stand, sit, kneel, stoop, lift, assist in physical care and therapeutic handling of individuals.
To provide physical therapy services in a manner which ensures that individuals served have opportunities to make choices, opportunities to develop and achieve, participation in the community, relationships with family members, friends and neighbors, good health and a secure personal future and respect and dignity.
Critical and crucial to the position’s essential function is the safety of the people Aspire serves. Due to the nature of the individuals we serve, the essential functions require all the duties and responsibilities listed below to be performed in all environments and using all appropriate equipment.
Essential Physical Functions are the ability to:
- Bend, Stoop, squat, kneel, sit, stand and lift.
- Provide two-way communications with people.
- Lift and transfer the individual both manually and mechanically. Manual lifting requires the ability to lift individuals as required in their prescribed individual program plans—bearing the weight of that individual. Mechanical lifting will be performed using proper mechanical lifting standards and based on the safety of the individual.
- Transfer, move, reposition, shift and place people in pieces of equipment necessary for their physical circumstance ensuring their safety, comfort and their natural living.
- Physical agility/ability to react to a life-threatening emergency or to intervene in a crisis situation including using your body as an intervention (SCIP or other techniques), as prescribed, to assure safety of the individuals. Physical agility/ability includes but is not limited to bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, sitting, standing and lifting.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Functions as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team; participates in the development of the Individual Service Plan/Individual Education Plan/Individual Family Service Plan.
- Evaluates and assesses individual abilities and disabilities in independent functioning; develops and implements treatment plans as prescribed.
- Plans, implements and coordinates programs to meet the needs of individuals in conjunction with team members and program managers.
- Schedules therapy in consultation with supervisor.
- Evaluates need, designs, constructs or recommends adaptive equipment and therapeutic devices and instructs individuals, caretakers and staff in their proper use.
- Participates in development of discharge plans and provides follow-up as recommended.
- Supervises individuals in program and participates in maintaining safety of work environment.
- Maintains records, files, charts and progress notes as required.
- Maintains departmental materials, equipment and inventory.
- Coordinates and supervises direct services to individuals throughout program and home activities.
- Trains, directs and coordinates activities of Licensed Physical Therapy Assistants, aides and interns as assigned.
- Participates in staff training, in-services, committees and meetings as assigned and maintains current standards of practice.
- Adheres to Agency’s policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
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