Occupational Therapist - Santa Ynez


The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the implementation of standards of care for occupational therapy services and for adherence to all conditions outlined in the Service Agreement. Respects and promotes the mission, values, and vision of Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.


  • Evaluates patient s functional status (muscle function, endurance, visual coordination, written and verbal communication skills, self care ability, work capacity, etc.). Evaluates home environment for hazards or barriers to more independent living. Identifies equipment needs. Participates in the development of the total plan of care.
  • For patients who plan to return to work, the occupational therapist may perform work capacity evaluation and may refer to specialized vocational training in accordance with Organization policy.
  • Develops treatment program and establishes goals for improved function. Communicates plan of care to referring physician and other Organization professionals.
  • May teach new skills or retrain patient in once familiar daily activities that have been lost due to illness or injury, in accordance with Organization policy.
  • May fabricate splints and instruct patient in the use of various types of adaptive equipment to improve function.
  • May train patient in the use of prosthetic and/or orthotic devices.
  • Maintains appropriate clinical records, clinical notes, and reports to the physician any changes in the patient s condition. Submits these records in accordance with Organization policy.
  • Maintains contact/communication with other personnel involved in the patient s care to promote coordinated, efficient care.
  • Attends and contributes to inservices, case conferences, and other meetings as required by Organization policy to ensure coordinated and comprehensive plans of care for the patients of the Organization.
  • Meets average daily productivity standards as set by the agency.
  • Knowledge of state, federal, local and accreditation (CHAP) regulations for the delivery of home health services.
  • Identifies patient and family/caregiver needs for other home health services and refers as appropriate.
  • Instructs patient s family/caregiver and other Organization health care personnel in patient s treatment regime when indicated and appropriate.
  • Participates in discharge planning for patient.
  • The above statements are only meant to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job related tasks other than those stated in this description.


  • Graduate of an occupational therapy curriculum accredited jointly by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Registered with the National Registration Examination of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Two years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist.
  • Demonstrates good verbal and written communication, and organization skills.
  • Possess and maintains current CPR Certification.

  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.
  • Ability to push/pull 200 lbs.
  • Ability to stoop, bend, and squat.
  • Ability to walk up one flight of stairs.
  • Ability to walk one mile.
  • Ability to sit for one hour, minimum.
  • Visual and audio acuity.

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