Employment Status: Regular, Part Time (0.5 FTE)
Program Name: South West Ontario Therapy Program - Sarnia
Number of Hours Bi-Weekly: 37.5
Work Schedule: Days, Evenings, Weekends
On Call: Yes
The Occupational Therapist (OT) is responsible to provide therapy services to individuals in the community within the framework of VON policies, procedures, standards, and quality and risk management. The OT works collaboratively with other stakeholders (families, caregivers, health care professionals) and other community services to provide therapy services using a client-centred care approach, as well as evidence based practices.
At this time, OT service delivery able to be provided virtually and face-to-face.
Demonstrates knowledge, skills and attitudes as outlined in the Occupational Therapy standards and guidelines for an evidence-based practice, in order to assess, plan, evaluate progress (for potential discharge), and document the client’s plan of care within a client-centered approach to therapy goals.
Assesses client’s ability to function safely in the home/community environment (e.g. Activities of Daily Living, Instrumental ADL’s, equipment needs, etc.).
Assesses client’s cognitive ability to function independently within the home/community environment.
Assesses clients from a holistic approach – mental health status, social contacts, spiritual, and physical needs that may potentially impact the client’s ability to maintain independence in their environment.
Develops a client-centered plan with the client/family and health care team (e.g. LHIN Care Coordinator, Physiotherapist, Personal Support Worker, Nursing, etc.).
Provides education and recommendations to client/family pertaining to the client’s therapy goals.
Provides assistance with funding sources to obtain equipment and/or home/vehicle modifications (e.g. porch lifts, ramps, grab bars, stair glides, etc.) as applicable.
Monitors client outcomes and progression toward therapy goals.
Modifies client’s care plans as required based on client outcomes.
Documents client outcomes and current care plans in the client chart according to the funder and the College of Occupational Therapist of Ontario (COTO) guidelines.
Communicates with funding agency as required regarding client outcomes and status changes.
Manages and maintains caseload of clients and responds appropriately to changes in volume.
Completes and updates the written care plan (electronic copy) with information collected from the client, his/her family, and any other health care or educational professionals involved.
Utilizes verbal and non-verbal communication skills effectively with the client/family as required.
Demonstrates professional code of conduct / communication with all members of the health team as per VON guidelines and policy.
External and Internal Relationships:
Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to ensure client’s care needs are met and therapy goals are progressing to meet client individual goals.
Works collaboratively with the community services (Physiotherapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Social Worker) to ensure a safe transition to community and client goals are met.
Education, Designations and Experience:
Masters in Occupational Therapy (or degree prepared occupational therapy education prior to 2008).
Valid registration (in good standing) with COTO as well as associated professional liability insurance.
Member with the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists is preferred.
Experience in a health care environment (i.e. long term care, acute medicine, rehab unit, rehab clinic or community visiting program).
Demonstrates knowledge of community resources preferred.
Provided care to clients of varying diagnoses across the lifespan (e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury, falls, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, chronic lung disease, congestive heart failure, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, developmental delay, learning disability, etc.)
Experience with clients who have musculoskeletal challenges an asset.
Detailed knowledge of the health care system and service delivery model used.
Ability to utilize computer software program(s) on a hand held device (i.e. phone or tablet).
Demonstrates proficiency in the use of technology for documentation of client outcomes.
Strong communicate skills, both written and verbal.
Ability to work interdependently and collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team.
Ability to adjust to working in different social and economic environments.
Ability to respond to changes in client caseloads and care needs.
Demonstrates excellent time management skills to balance client visits, paperwork and urgency of referrals.
Demonstrates a passion for serving the community and a commitment to ongoing professional development.
Must have personal vehicle and possess both a current driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance
Willingness to travel regularly during the day as well to support sites and attend meetings
A current and original copy of a satisfactory Criminal Records Check is required.
A Vulnerable Sector Search and/or Child Abuse Registry Check may be required.
Ability to speak French is an asset.
Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities: Fast-paced Environment; Attention to Detail; Lift and carry using appropriate lifting techniques; Bend, push, pull, grip, reach, kneel, crouch using good body mechanics; Walk, sit, stand, climb stairs; Fine hand movements
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