East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Physical Therapy Assistant in East Boston, Massachusetts
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East Boston, Revere PACE - 10 Garofalo Street
Physical Therapy Assistants are licensed clinical staff who work with the Interdisciplinary team ( IDT) at each PACE Center and carry out treatment plans as designed by a physical therapist. PTA’s function within the scope of practice as regulated in the state of Massachusetts PTA’s are responsible for maintaining the rehab gym, and equipment ordering. They provide direct supervision to rehabilitation aides and are required to document their findings and treatments in the EMR and to, communicate their findings to the Physical Therapist and the IDT, PTAs should be comfortable addressing team and family issues concerning rehabilitation.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Demonstrates good background knowledge of medical information. Able to identify medical concerns from the EMR (Electric Medical Record or paper chart) or from patient presentation, which would limit execution of treatment plan.
Is able to discuss and explain the results of the Physical Therapy Evaluation as documented in the EMR.
Is able to execute treatment plans as directed by PT (Registered Physical Therapist) in the initial assessment.
Performs measurement skills correctly and logical sequence and in appropriate depth (manual muscle testing, goiniometry, balance, etc.)
Recognizes and discusses the need to modify skills appropriately to take into consideration the patient’s age, goals, and cultural background.
Is able to discuss and describe with the Physical Therapist the patient’s overall status and implications for PT including: Modifications of patient goals, treatment plan that reflects understanding of the total patient’s needs, discharge and equipment needs.
Performs the treatment techniques required for patient care and identifies patient response to treatment.
Qualifications and Requirements
HS Diploma/GED required
Graduate of an accredited school of Physical Therapy Assistant program. Licensed as a Physical Therapy Assistant in the state of Massachusetts. CPR required.
Must possess one year of working as a physical therapy assistant with a geriatric population. Experience with computers a must and with electronic medical records a plus and EpicCare.
Must have good communication skills. Be able to effectively contribute in a team directed approach to medical management of a frail elder population.
Must be able to carry out treatment plans as designed by Physical Therapist. Have good organizational and time management skill set with the ability to change direction and plans quickly to meet the needs of the participant.