Pay Scale: $34.29 - $45.59
Shift: Part Time, Days
Under the direction of the Home Health Therapist Supervisor, the Home Health/Hospice Speech/Language Pathologist is a licensed professional who is legally and ethically responsible for planning, administering and continually evaluating a corrective rehabilitative treatment program for medically referred patients. The position requires work in critical and special care areas. The therapist schedules, evaluates, plans and implements treatment programs according to the principles and practices of speech/language pathology.
- Performs an appropriate evaluation of the patient and determines the most effective treatment plan.
- Evaluates the patient by performing and interpreting tests and measures.
- Plans and implements treatment program on the basis of test findings and within the parameters of the physician referral with periodic review of the plan of care.
- Administers' treatments, including, but not limited to: speech disorders of articulation, fluency and voice, language disorders of loss verbal fluency, word finding difficulty, loss of grammar and syntax, auditory comprehension problems, reading difficulty, written expression and writing problems and change in cognitive skills, swallowing dysfunction e.g. dysphasia due to mechanical, paralytics, pseudobulbar, pseudo and vocal cord dysfunction, and aural disorders e.g. speech reading and auditory discrimination.
- Maintains communication with physicians regarding their patient’s evaluation/treatment and progress in accordance with policy statements.
- Establishes and teaches home programs that include verbal and/or written instructions as appropriate.
- Participates in patient care/discharge conferences as necessary.
- Applies appropriate psychological and sociological principles in motivating and instructing the patient and/or family.
- Maintains documentation of evaluations and treatment in accordance with the state, federal and JCAHO departmental standards.
- Discusses condition and treatment course of patients with the physician, Home Health Lead Therapist Assistant, Director of Rehabilitation Services, and Home Health/Hospice Manager when appropriate.
- Schedules patients in an efficient and appropriate manner.
- Possess knowledge, skills and/or flexibility to be able to perform adequately in acute medical/surgical/critical care units, outpatient, extended care facilities, and home health.
- Obtains and instructs patients with augmentative communication devises as appropriate.
- Communicates with interdisciplinary team members individually or at regularly scheduled case conferences, of the ongoing identified needs of the patient and any changes in the treatment plan to assure coordinated implementation of the care plan.
- Complies with hospice plan of care and understands hospice philosophy of care. Maintains contact with Hospice Patient Care Coordinator or primary RN when working with hospice patients.
- Interviews patient, family, caregivers, significant others to obtain information about home environment, family relationships, health and psychosocial history.