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Occupational Therapist Assistant (POOL)

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Job Description

SUMMARY: Assist with assessing, planning, implementing and documenting Client’s occupational therapy program under the direction and supervision of Registered Occupational Therapist.  Follows corporate guidelines, objectives and policies to maintain standards of treatment consistent with legal and accrediting requirements.

  • Assess client’s ADL function
  • Communicate with OTR about specific client evaluation results.
  • Upon receiving OT screening request, reviews clients current situation and screens individual for intervention.
  • Communicate assessment/screening results to client and appropriate family and/or state.
  • Completes required assessment/screening documentation.


  • Plan appropriate therapeutic activities to meet client’s goals.
  • Communicate treatment plan and goals to client and family.
  • Communicate significant issues in treatment planning to OTR on ongoing basis.
  • Collaborate with health care team members to begin planning for appropriate and timely discharge or transfer.


  • Demonstrate ability to prioritize treatment procedures according to client’s needs and MD requests.
  • Implement interventions according to plan of care.
  • Communicate purpose of treatment procedures to client/family according to client’s level of understanding and modifies plan accordingly.
  • Communicate ongoing treatment issues/plan to interdisciplinary health care team members.
  • Communicate ongoing treatment issues with OTR.
  • Complete required documentation regarding daily intervention.
  • Demonstrate awareness of precautions regarding client diagnoses and treatment techniques.


  • Review and evaluate effectiveness of interventions toward achieving client outcomes and discusses need for changes to OTR.
  • Document appropriate reassessment and changes in plan of care.
  • Communicate significant changes in intervention to client/family and health care team members.
  • Communicate with OTR when discharge from therapy appears appropriate.
  • Complete required documentation for discharge.


  • Develop and implement new programs to enhance effectiveness of  Rehab Program
  • Assist with development, implementation and supervision of COTA students and supervise
  • Present orientation/inservice training for facility employees and  community participants
  • Assist in developing and maintaining Rehab policies and Procedures


  •       Attend at least one continuing education course annually and present  information to staff within four weeks of attending course
  •       Attend at least three facility inservices annually including all mandatory inservices
  •       Participate in organizational committees


  • Perform other  related duties as assigned
  • Support and participate in changes and suggestions made by Director of Rehab

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
QUALIFICATIONS  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Typing Speed: 30 WPM
COMPUTER SKILLS (After Orientation)
Typing Speed: 30 WPM
Word: Intermediate
Graduate of an Accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum. Valid certification by State of Wisconsin and NBCOT.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, outside weather conditions, and risk of electrical shock.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.