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Occupational Therapist/ Certified Low Vision Therapist (Dallas)
Envision, Inc.
Envision, Inc.
 

 

 

Job Location: Dallas, TX

POSITION SUMMARY

Responsible for assisting blind and visually impaired patients in improving their ability to perform a variety of tasks in living and working environments. The Occupational Therapist Specialist carries out the patients plan of care for vision rehabilitation consistent with physician/optometrists orders by providing instruction, training and assessment activities, and working towards the goal of helping patients lead independent, productive and satisfying lives.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE

  • Provide assessment and training activities for patients individually and/or in groups regarding daily living and communication skills based on a physician/optometrists plan of care. Record patients activities, monitor progress and modify as appropriate.
  • Select activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills within limits of their mental and physical capabilities; help patients learn to perform various tasks such as using a computer, cooking, eating dressing and exercising.
  • Educate visually impaired or blind patients on lighting, contrast, eccentric viewing, magnification and optical devices.
  • Train visually impaired or blind patients in the use of low vision devices, CCTVs, and other adaptive technology/equipment as recommended by a physician/optometrist.
  • Provide educational support to the families and caregivers of patients receiving vision rehabilitation services by communicating patients needs.
  • Provide suggestions for assessment and instructional objectives to develop individual program plans for patients to the Medical Director and/or Director Rehabilitation Center.
  • Provide supervision & direction to the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (if applicable) in carrying out rehabilitation services for patients with visual impairments as outlined in their treatment plan of care.
  • Responsible for timekeeping and attendance records for OTA.
  • Complete all patient charting requirement according to the EMR software used.
  • Assist Director with setting encounter goals and leading OT team on reaching monthly/yearly targeted goals.
  • Apply instructional techniques to accommodate the unique sensory and physical abilities of patients with disabilities.
  • Facilitate inter-agency cooperation on behalf of Envision and provide assistance and direction in determination of needed services. This includes monitoring local Emergency Preparedness programs and attending community wide exercises and facilitating tabletop exercises when needed.
  • Perform research and collect data for physicians and/or clinicians as requested.
  • Understand and practice compliance standards, including HIPAA confidentiality and security, and Medicare/Medicaid required documentation.
  • Responsible for keeping up-to-date on current practices in the field through review of literature, attending conferences and seminars, continuing education requirements, AER certification, licensing and compliance needs.
  • If necessary, functioning as compliance officer for Rehab Agency regulations with the title of Administrator in Absence. Responsible for organizing and updating Rehab Agency manual.
  • Coordinates quarterly Envision Dallas Rehabilitation Clinic (EDRC) exercises for emergency preparedness, inspections. Coordinates CPR training and certifications.
  • In partnership with Medical Director, schedule and facilitate annual Infection Control, Professional, and Governing Body meetings.
  • Perform monthly chart audits in compliance with Rehabilitation Agency policies and procedures
  • Flexibility to perform other duties as assigned.

FOCUS Senior Outreach Program Responsibilities:

  • Travel to areas within North Texas to provide occupational therapy assessment and training activities for patients.
  • Initiate and maintain positive relationships with physicians/optometrists in assigned regions with the objective of 1) referrals back to this position, and 2) possible referrals back to the EDRC.
  • Communicate role of Envision, and patient benefits under the Senior Outreach and Services program to physicians/optometrists and patients in assigned region.
  • Increase patient services according to goals of the Senior Outreach and Services program.
  • Maintain secure inventory of adaptive aides and optical devices while working at remote locations.

Develop and facilitate a minimum of one monthly patient support group in collaboration with programming staff.




Qualifications

JOB REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE

Education: Masters degree in Occupational Therapy required.

Experience: 2 to 4 years previous experience as occupational therapist in clinic or hospital setting required. Experience working with disabled populations preferred.

Knowledge/Skills:

  • Ability to travel within North Texas to remote locations.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity toward the need for assistive technology and low vision aides for people who are blind of have low vision.
  • Possess interpersonal skills necessary to provide close support and consultation to other professionals.
  • Ability to demonstrate good patient relations in a positive, motivating manner.
  • Must be sensitive to the patients issues and treat all patients with dignity, respect and kindness.
  • Must possess the ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.

Licenses/Certifications:

  • Current Occupational Therapist (OT) license for state of Texas required.
  • Current National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) required.
  • Current Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT) certified by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) required, or be working towards this certification
  • Current CPR/First Aid certification required.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

Total Number of Employees Directly Supervising 1

Number of Subordinate Supervisors Reporting to Position: 0

VISION REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE

Can be performed with or without assistive technology:

___ Required to perform activities such as: preparing/analyzing data/figures; viewing a computer screen; reading; inspecting small objects for defects; using measuring devices; and/or assembling parts with close eye contact.

___ Required to perform activities such as: operating machinery and/or power tools at or within arms reach; performing non-repetitive tasks such as carpentry work or repairing machinery.

X Required to review/inspect own assigned work, the work of others, or facilities or structures.

Requires normal (or corrected to normal) vision/acuity:

___ Required to operate motor vehicles and/or heavy equipment such as forklifts.

COMMENTS

Envision, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without illegal discrimination because of race, color, sex, age, gender identity, disability, religion, citizenship, national origin, ancestry, military status or veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics and genetic information, and any other status protected by law.

Envision employs and advances in employment individuals with disabilities and veterans, and treats qualified individuals without discrimination on the basis of their physical or mental disability or veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position description is intended to convey generally the duties of this job. It is not an all-inclusive listing of duties, and it is not a contract, expressed or implied.



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Envision, Inc.



Envision, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without illegal discrimination because of race, color, sex, age, gender identity, disability, religion, citizenship, national origin, ancestry, military status or veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics and genetic information, and any other status protected by law.

Envision employs and advances in employment individuals with disabilities and veterans, and treats qualified individuals without discrimination on the basis of their physical or mental disability or veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position description is intended to convey generally the duties of this job.  It is not an all-inclusive listing of duties, and it is not a contract, expressed or implied.

 
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