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Physical Therapist - Senior LIFE Lehigh Valley

Physical Therapist - Senior LIFE Lehigh Valley

Job ID 
2017-3616
Company 
Senior LIFE Lehigh Valley
Location 
US-PA-Bethlehem
Posted Date 
12/5/2017
Category 
Rehab Therapy
Type 
Regular Full-Time
Education Level 
License
Experience Needed 
1-3 years
Salary Info 
Based on Experience

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Overview

Full Time Team-Oriented Physical Therapist Needed at Senior LIFE in the Lehigh Valley

 

***Time based Units Are Not Required***

 

Senior LIFE is changing the way America sees eldercare, and we need passionate, hardworking, innovative, and versatile professionals to join our interdisciplinary care teams. An essential piece of this mission is providing comprehensive and wholly integrated care that treats the entire member, including maximizing mobility and other functional abilities. The Physical Therapist oversees all areas of PT and therapeutic exercise, for in-center and in-home individuals, including personalized Plans of Care and group work. This is a critical piece of the center’s interdisciplinary approach, and this therapist will be a core part of the integrated team, working hand-in-hand with members, families, and Senior LIFE staff.  

 

Senior LIFE is committed to enhancing the ability of seniors to stay at home and live safely in the community as long as possible by coordinating comprehensive healthcare and supportive services for our members.

 

Senior LIFE is an innovative program that uses a team approach to provide seniors with medical, social, nutritional and rehabilitation services. These services are provided at the Senior LIFE Center and are accompanied with in-home nursing care, personal care, and other homecare services as needed. Senior LIFE makes it possible for seniors to remain at home, enjoying the comfort and reassurance of familiar surroundings while receiving the care they need.

 

Senior LIFE is a Medicare Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) operating as a LIFE (Living Independence for the Elderly) program in the state of Pennsylvania.

 

 

Responsibilities

The complete scope of PT tasks will fall under the supervision and oversight of the Physical Therapist who will develop, implement, and assess all therapy-based initiatives, in alignment with individualized and group care plans.  This role requires direct care as well as the need for strategic, analytical, and creative thinking and the ability to inspire others to excel. Core responsibilities include:

 

  • Evaluating all members’ mobility levels and specific PT needs, devising comprehensive approaches to increasing strength, flexibility, ROM, motor control, neuromuscular reeducation and related pain reduction/discomfort, in keeping with new and existing medical and social needs
  • Developing innovative treatment programs and setting goals for members and caregivers, then devising a periodic check-in plan/procedure to gauge progress
  • Evaluating members’ home environments to minimize hazards and provide additional in-home support as needed 
  • Documenting all changes in care plans and therapeutic recommendations, as well as participation in individual therapies and group activities in Data Pace
  • Assessing members’ functional status and adjusting/enhancing approaches as needed
  • Identifying areas of potential improvement, for both individual members and the LIFE Center community as a whole, then develop and implement these positive changes accordingly
  • Completing fall risk assessments and developing individual plans to reduce these vulnerabilities

Qualifications

As a core participants in members’ care, the Physical Therapist is expected to be an active stakeholder on interdisciplinary teams, working in tandem with physicians, nurses, dietitians, occupational therapists and other caregivers to provide meaningful updates, recommendations, time-lines and other essential information that best steers ongoing Plans of Care. The ability to work well in a team environment, strong communication skills, and versatility are all essential traits Senior LIFE looks for in a Physical Therapist, as is a genuine desire to aid an elderly community.

 

All applicants must be licensed to practice physical therapy in Pennsylvania, plus a relevant degree from an accredited college or university and at least one year of experience working specifically with an elderly/geriatric population. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate strong clinical competency and the ability to troubleshoot diverse circumstances. A valid Pennsylvania driver’s license is also required.

 

 

 

 

 

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