Whittier Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center Home Health Speech and Language Pathologist in Bradford, Massachusetts

Home Health Speech and Language Pathologist

*Home Health Speech and Language Pathologist *Per Diem

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate ability to travel to/from patient’s homes, maintaining timely and accurate reports and records.

  • Demonstrates respect for patient confidentiality, goals, property and lifestyle.

  • Demonstrate competence in thorough evaluation of patient’s communication, cognitive and swallowing abilities. Sets objective goals in conjunction with patients and caregiver.

  • Implement/revise appropriate treatment plans according to patient diagnosis/response/status under and in accordance with the American Speech/Language Association Code of Ethics and agency/insurance regulations.

  • Demonstrate professional judgement, creativity, and a transdisciplinary approach to treatment strategies, and use of communication devices in the home.

  • Coordinate a treatment and/or supervisory caseload utilizing grouping of visits per locale, time prioritization, and demonstrating productivity.

  • Assist with Rehabilitation Department coverage in the absence of the Administrator as delegated.

  • Complete documentation (initial evaluation, 485’s, OASIS tool, daily notes, telephone orders, conference and discharge summaries, etc.) in a timely basis utilizing Care Anyware system.

  • Delegate to/supervise students and supportive personnel as appropriate.

  • Ensure safety, infection control, and maintenance of any communicative devices/equipment in office area and in the patients’ home.

  • Actively participate in physician and team communication and complete referrals (modified barium swallows, dsyphagia evaluations, audiology consults, etc.) to ensure quality of care and appropriate discharge plans.

  • Provide education to patient/caregiver during treatment to ensure appropriate carryover.

  • Enhance clinical skills through participation in inservice, continuing education, research review of current literature as appropriate. Participate in department/hospital/community educational activities.

  • Assist with Performance Improvement activities within the departments/hospital to improve patient/staff and quality of patient care, etc.

  • Maintain contact with Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital’s Communication Disorder Department as needed for clinical support.

Prerequisites:

  • Master’s of Science degree in Speech/Language Pathology from an ASHA accredited program.

  • Certificate of clinical competence in Speech/Language Pathology by the American Speech/Language/Hearing Association.

  • Current licensure in Massachusetts and/or New Hampshire.

  • Knowledge of growth and development across the life span.

  • Certification in BCLS of Adult.

  • Must have valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.

  • National and State Speech/Language/Hearing Association membership preferred.

  • Completion of hospital and agency orientation and reorientation as required.

  • Two years of experience preferable; in acute care, rehabilitation or home care including age-related competence for pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients as indicated.

  • Minimum requirement: 1.) Meets the education and experience requirement for a Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech pathology or audiology granted by The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: or 2.) Meets the education requirements for certification and is in the process of accumulating the supervised experience required for certification.

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Location: Bradford, MA - Whittier Home Health Care Agency

Category: Home Health