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Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA - Per Diem - PACE - San Diego, CA

Company: Therapy Specialists
Location: El Cajon
Posted on: August 3, 2022

Job Description:

Therapy Specialists: A New Life HealthPRO-Heritage Company is seeking a Per Diem Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) for their wonderful PACE [Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly] locations in San Diego, CA with weekday availability Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM based on patient and facility needs! Locations include: El Cajon, Chula Vista, Downtown San Diego, and Encinitas! The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is responsible for implementation of a program of physical therapy for PACE patients to help them to remain independent and live safely in the community.ResponsibilitiesEssential Functions:Based on recommendations from the Physical Therapist implements a program of physical therapy for patients enrolled in PACE and accessing day services that may include therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular reeducation, rehabilitation services, functional activities, gait training, orthotics training, prosthesis and training. Make recommendations to the Physical Therapist to modify the program as needed based on the patient population.Perform assessments of patients to determine abilities.Based on recommendations from the Physical Therapist implements an individualized plan of care to decrease or eliminate disability, increase or maintain capability for independence, and develop function to a maximum level.Ensure that the individual plan of care is being followed.Provide therapies to include: muscle, nerve joint and functional ability tests; treatment to relieve pain, develop or restore function; and assistance to achieve and maintain maximum performance using physical means such as exercise, heat, sound, water, light or electricity.Guide patients and caregivers in the use of adaptive devices and therapeutic, creative and self-care activities for improving function.Evaluates the effectiveness of treatment and makes recommendations to modify goals as necessary.Record and sign treatments in the patient's health record.Ensure services provided are in a therapeutic setting conducive to restoring dignity and self-esteem to all patients.Assists Physical Therapist to ensure that required equipment and supplies for the physical therapy program are available or ordered as needed.Keeps abreast of all regulations and standards to ensure compliance with orders or directives issued by duly constituted government/regulatory agencies (PACE, CMS, DHCS, etc)Participate in training programs for staff and caregivers.Additional Duties and Responsibilities:Maintain and follow established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance program, safety, environmental and infection control standards.Enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings and workshops.Adheres to and models program core values and behaviors.Adheres to program attendance and punctuality policies andpractices.Attend meetings as required and participate on committees as directed.Perform other related duties as assigned or requested to assist with Rehab daily operations.QualificationsQualifications:Graduate of an accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Program PTA culminating in an Associates' Degree in Physical TherapyAssociates' Degree in Physical Therapy with a focus on Geriatric PopulationLicensed as Physical Therapist Assistant in CAPassing scores on national and state examinationsCA valid driver's license and reliable transportationProof of current vehicle insuranceAt least one year field experience beyond completion of degree requirementsExperience working with aged and disabled populationsPhysical Modalities agents such as ultrasound and electricalBikes, treadmills and other exercise equipmentTechnical Knowledge and Skills Required to Perform the Job:Knowledge of principles and methods for treatment and rehabilitation of disabilities and functional impairmentsIngenuity and imagination in adapting modalities to individual needsFamiliarity with the Older Americans Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Area Agencies on AgingPatience and strong interpersonal skillsExcellent oral, written, and computer skillsAbility to establish and maintain therapeutic relationships and to participate in a multi-cultural, multidisciplinary team, and strong interpersonal skillsPhysical Activities: Must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch, lift, and stand for long periodsOccasional lifting of heavy objectsWorking Traits: Commitment to long-term care in a community setting and promoting maximum patient independence and functional ability

Keywords: Therapy Specialists, El Cajon , Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA - Per Diem - PACE - San Diego, CA, Other , El Cajon, California

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