The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) delivers a high level of quality therapy services upon physician referral and under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist. The COTA will help to maximize functional outcomes, actively participate in discharge planning, implement the treatment program, and communicate the patient response to the supervising occupational therapist.
- Review patient medical records, interviews and other assessments of patient. Develop and review individualized plan of care based on findings with supervising therapist. Review supervising therapistâ€™s evaluation of referred patients where applicable.
- Implement plan of care. Demonstrate competency in methods and modalities employed in assisting patient in reaching treatment goals. Demonstrate patient and/or family education activities as a component of treatment.
- Perform accurate and timely reporting of patient responses to evaluation and treatment. Complete all daily notations, charges, initial evaluations, progress notes, and/or discharge summaries within department parameters. Document patient education and/or self-expressive activities in accordance with department and regulatory requirements. Complete relevant portions of interdisciplinary patient care documents in accordance with department requirements.
- Confer with medical, allied health, nursing staff, patients and their families regarding the patient's treatment goals and progress in treatment. Identify patient's strengths and successes as well as barriers to be overcome. Coordinate treatment program with therapy assistants and other services to enhance and maximize the patient's outcomes. Modify treatment plan as appropriate and document revisions.
- Confer with patient, their family, third party payors and vendors regarding specialized equipment and services required by the patient to enhance safety and performance following discharge. Obtain required authorization(s) from patient / family before sharing protected health information with outside parties. Complete necessary procedures in obtaining specialized equipment and services according to department guidelines.
- Assist in the care and maintenance of department equipment and supplies. Order and/or maintain inventory levels of department manager approved program materials and supplies. Periodically (at least annually) review and assess existing program(s), equipment and techniques utilized by department. Discuss with supervisor the status of current programs, equipment and technique. Make recommendations regarding improvements, additions, or deletions. Demonstrate an understanding of the financial impact of costs of goods and services on the department's ability to achieve its operating margin.
- Assist in the supervision of support personnel in a professional, objective manner, demonstrating courtesy and respect. Consistently utilize support staff according to your professional practice act, national professional development guidelines, and/or applicable laws and regulations. Provide consistent, effective, and constructive feedback to support staff. Delegate tasks in accordance with the department's needs, goals, and procedures.
- Demonstrate commitment to ongoing education and improvement by retaining membership in relevant professional organizations, reading pertinent publication, attending educational workshops and conferences, seeking out new knowledge through self-study activities and participating in hospital and department in service education programs as both presenter and attendee. Assist in/ provide clinical supervision to new employees, students and/or volunteers as requested. Demonstrate commitment to ongoing education including stroke care, FIM Training and seeking out new knowledge through self-study activities and participation in hospital and department in service and educational programs.
- Behavioral Med Specific: Apply knowledge of group dynamics in leading and participating in therapeutic groups and maintaining the milieu.
- Behavioral Med Specific: Demonstrate concrete operational theories and application as applied to acute psychiatric behaviors. As delegated, transport patients in a designated hospital vehicle to and from specific program activities. Ensure compliance with hospital, city, and state rules and regulations including an active driver license and annual driving record.
- Perform other related duties as directed that correspond to the overall function of this position.