Speech Therapist - Home health
Penn Medicine Home Health
POSITION SUMMARY: It is the function of the speech pathologist, through physician referrals to evaluate and provide service to homebound patients of the agency who have speech and language problems.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Qualified individuals must have the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform the following duties:
- Administers speech therapy evaluations when requested by the agency for patients who are accepted for care only by the agency in accordance with its admission policies.
- Informs the patient/caregiver of his/her rights as per agency policy. Includes patient/caregiver in initial care planning and when modifying plan of care.
- Observes, records and reports to the multidisciplinary team the patient’s reaction to treatment and any changes in the patient’s condition.
- Provides direct age-appropriate speech service to patients under a physician’s plan of care. Records and reports to the physician and the nurse case manager patient’s response to therapy.
- Consults with the multidisciplinary team and integrates speech therapy services into the total patient plan of care.
- Provides formal and informal patient education based on age-appropriate educational goals mutually set by patient/caregiver and members of the health care team.
- Observes and evaluates the performance of those assisting in the speech program and provides guidance as necessary to assure a high quality of service.
- Supervises the home health aide when appropriate.
- Counsels the patients and their family members regarding the patient's speech and language disturbances.
- Reevaluates the patient's progress and therapy program making changes as necessary and under the physician's direction.
- Assists in referring patients to speech and audiology clinics and other community agencies.
- Submits all documentation of patient care according to Agency standards.
- Through individual and group staff education programs, prepares the nursing and other staff to assist patients with their speech and language problems.
- Maintains appropriate records on visits to patients, including evaluations and plans for care of speech patients.
- Provides liaison contact and follow-up with other community agencies.
- Represents the agency at community functions as indicated.
- Follows all agency policies and procedures.
SECONDARY FUNCTIONS: The following duties are considered secondary to the primary duties listed above:
- Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Possesses a certificate of clinical competence in speech of the American Speech and Hearing Association.
- Speech pathology licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- Current CPR certification.
- Current driver's license.
Attention/Concentration: The following level of ability is essential for the jobholder to focus on certain aspects of current experience and reject others:
- The position requires strong concentration skills. The individual must have the ability to voluntarily sustain concentration to a task over an extended period of time as a result of an effortful and usually deliberate heightened and focused state of attention.
New Learning and Memory: The following level of ability is essential for the jobholder to learn and retain material:
- A large portion of this position required reliance on verbal memory and new learning. Efficiency in processing of verbal information, either in written or spoken form, is a major requirement and prerequisite of the job. The individual must be able to attend to and process multiple bits of information simultaneously. The individual must be able to organize and categorize this information effectively so that later recall is feasible.
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Creative Thinking: The following level of ability that is essential for the jobholder to think (in order to solve a problem) by combining two or more elements from past experience or imaginative thought:
- The position required much autonomy of thought and problem solving. The individual must be able to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems. The individual must be able to think abstractly, which is manifested in the ability to form concepts, use categories, generalize from single instances, apply procedural rules and general principles, and be aware of subtle or intrinsic aspects of a problem. The development of hypothesis and potential solutions to problems involves careful interpretation, analysis and diagnosis. The individual must be able to collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. The individual must be able to think creatively with a degree of inventiveness, experimentation and intuition. They must be able to deal with a variety of concrete and abstract variables.
TEMPERAMENTS: The following are essential requirements of the position in relation to job-worker situations. These items describe how a worker must adapt, adjust, conform or act:
Creativity, feelings or ideas: Ability to adapt to situations involving the interpretation of feelings, ideas, or facts in terms of personal viewpoint; to use creativity, self-expression, or imagination.
Influencing others: Ability to influence people in their opinions, attitudes or judgments about ideas or things; to motivate, convince or negotiate.
Working within tolerances, set limits or standards: Ability to adapt to situations requiring the precise attainment of set limits, tolerances, or standards; to be precise, thorough, exacting, or meticulous in regard to material worked; or in activities such as numerical determinations, record preparation, or inspecting.
Performing under stressful conditions: Ability to perform under stress when confronted with emergency, critical, unusual, or dangerous situations, or in situations in which working speed and sustained attention are critical aspects of the job. Is subject to danger or risk, or to tension as a regular, consistent part of the job.
Variety and change: Ability to perform a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature without loss of efficiency or composure involving significant differences in technologies, techniques, procedures, environmental factors, physical demands, or work situations.
Communication: Ability to exchange information with others clearly and concisely; to present ideas, facts and technical information.
Planning and control: Ability to identify task requirements and monitor progress toward accomplishment.
Interpersonal relations: Ability to maintain relationships that facilitate task accomplishment; to cooperate and resolve conflicts; to recognize needs and be sensitive of others.
Language: Reading, Writing & Speaking:
- Ability to read periodicals, journals, manuals, dictionaries, thesauruses, and encyclopedias.
- Ability to prepare business letters, proposals, summaries, and reports; using prescribed format and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style; using all parts of speech.
- Ability to conduct training, communicate at panel discussions and to make presentations with poise and control.
Mathematics: The following levels of ability are necessary to understand mathematical concepts and apply them to problem-solving situations.
- Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers.
- Ability to multiply and divide.
- Ability to perform the four basic arithmetic operations with coins as part of a dollar.
- Ability to perform operations with units such as inch, foot, yard, ounce and pound (and/or their metric counterparts).
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure.
- Ability to perform the four operations with like or common decimal fractions.
- Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent.
- Ability to draw and interpret bar graphs.
- Ability to perform arithmetic operations involving all American monetary units. Ability to compute profit and loss, ratio and proportion, and percentage.
EQUIPMENT USAGE REQUIREMENTS: MACHINES, EQUIPMENT, TOOLS, SOFTWARE: To perform the essential duties of the position, use of the following machines, equipment, tools, and software is customarily required:
Machinery/Equipment: printer, telephone, calculator, personal computer, Dictaphone, modem, test equipment
Tools: office supplies
Software: Microsoft Office Products
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Degree of physical exertion is light, exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to move objects.
BODY POSITION AND MOVEMENT: The following positions or movements are typical of the job:
- SITTING is done occasionally
- WALKING is done frequently.
- STANDING is done frequently.
- CLIMBING is done seldom.
- REACHING (Extending out and retrieving objects outside immediate range) is done frequently.
- PUSHING (To press against something with substantial steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward) is done occasionally.
- PULLING (To exert a considerable force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion) is done occasionally.
- LIFTING (To raise objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position) is done occasionally.
- END‑RANGE MOTION (To fully extend or retract a bodily part or joint to its maximum range in order to reach, push, pull, lift, or otherwise perform job functions) is done seldom.
- STOOPING/CRAWLING (To lower the body to floor level, and move about with agility) is done occasionally.
VISUAL REQUIREMENTS: (Considerations include color, depth perception and field of vision).
- The job requires a good sense of vision (with or without correction) necessary to distinguish like objects from one another, to scan fields of data and select numbers or characters, and/or to detect and visually follow moving objects.
AUDITORY (HEARING) REQUIREMENTS: Examples of the types of sounds that must be heard and the reason they must be heard are listed below:
voices to converse, communicate
telephone ringing to answer incoming calls
WORKING CONDITIONS: Exposure to hazardous conditions/ materials is negligible.
Disclaimer: This job description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be a reflection of those principal job elements essential for recruitment and selection, for making fair job evaluations, and for establishing performance standards. The percentages of time spent performing job duties are estimates, and should not be considered absolute. The incumbent shall perform all other functions and/or be cross-trained as shall be determined at the sole discretion of management, who has the right to amend, modify, or terminate this job in part or in whole. Incumbent must be able to perform all job functions safely.
PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH offers the following benefits to employees:
- 100% Tuition Assistance at The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
- Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
- Shift, Weekend and On-Call Differentials
- Health, Dental and Vision Coverage
- Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
- Retirement Savings Account with Company Matching
- Child Care Subsidies
- Onsite Gym and Fitness Classes
PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to hiring a diverse workforce. All openings will be filled based on qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.
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Posted on 07/29/2022