Hebrew SeniorLife

  • Occupational Therapist Per Diem

    Job Locations US-MA-Roslindale
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  • Overview

    Organize and conduct occupational therapy programs to facilitate rehabilitation. Direct client participation in selected tasks to restore, reinforce, and enhance performance.  Facilitate the learning of those skills and functions essential for adaptation of productivity in order to diminish or correct pathology.


    Member and partner of the patient care delivery team. Demonstrate a strong commitment to the philosophy and goals of the mission of Hebrew SeniorLife and recognize patient dignity and choice in aspects of daily life.   Strive to make every encounter with patients/families into a positive and meaningful experience and opportunity, while providing safe and efficient quality of care.  Recognizes and respects others’ cultures, values, and backgrounds and considers differences when communicating with others.


    Per Diem Positions available in SNF, OP and LTCH


    Core Competencies:
    • *Administer diagnostic testing procedures to assess the extent of patient’s impairments and the prognosis for improvement.
    • *Establish a plan of care to address identified impairments. Set objective and measurable short and long term treatment goals.
    • *Use evidence-based treatment methods, continuously assessing patient’s response and modifying/progressing treatments accordingly.
    • *Provide objective, precise, and timely documentation of patient care, patient/family education, and information regarding units of service.
    • *Direct and supervise supportive personnel in delegated tasks. Assess competence of supportive personnel to perform assigned tasks.
    • *Adhere to Hebrew Senior Life’s Core CARE competencies: Communication, Adaptability, Relationship building, and Excellence.
    Position Responsibilities
    • Evaluate clients, develop appropriate treatment goals and methods, implement the occupational therapy treatment plan, and complete all related documentation and record keeping regarding these services. This includes application of therapeutic techniques in areas such as cognitive skills, muscle strength, coordination, endurance, mobility, perceptual abilities, sensory awareness, sitting and standing tolerance, balance, activities of daily living, joint protection, work simplification, orientation, and psychological functioning.
    • *Design and fit adaptive devices and train client in the use of adaptive devices including splints and orthotics.
    • Select appropriate activities suited to the individual’s physical and mental capacity, intelligence level and interests.
    • *Consult with other members of the rehabilitation team to select the most appropriate activity program consistent with the needs and capabilities of each client.
    • *Instruct client in the skills and techniques required for participation in activities and evaluate client progress, attitudes, and behavior as related to rehabilitative potential.
    • *Adapt program according to the needs of individual client.
    • *Attend and contribute to client care, conferences and other related meetings.
    • Conduct training programs and participate in training medical, nursing and other personnel in occupational therapy techniques and objectives.
    • Clean, maintain, identify and report the need for repair of equipment as necessary.
    • *Supervise supportive personnel in accordance with state and professional standards.
    • Responsible for maintaining clean work environment.
    • *Responds to call bells and patient requests.


    Caring Practices
    • Practice acts of kindness.
    • Instill trust and hope by being available to meet the needs of others.
    • Nurture individual spiritual beliefs and religious practices.
    • Develop helpful and trusting relationships with patients, families and staff.
    • Promote and accept the expression of both positive and negative feelings.
    • Use creative problem-solving to meet the needs of others.
    • Perform teaching and learning that addresses individual needs and learning styles.
    • Create a healing environment for physical and spiritual needs.
    • Assist with basic physical and emotional needs.
      • Introduces self and identifies role to others.
      • Demonstrate “emotional presence” by listening attentively and attending to concerns/needs.
      • Act as an advocate on behalf of patients as needed or as appropriate.
      • Communicates with patients/families/visitors/staff in a manner that conveys respect, caring and sensitivity.
      • Listens and respects others’ opinions.
      • Accountable for staying informed by reviewing memos, emails and other forms of communication.
      • Responsible for communicating and responding to issues and problems in a timely and efficient manner.
      • Responds to patients in all situations with a calm, sensitive and supportive approach.Teamwork/Collaboration and Flexibility
      •  Demonstrates flexibility.
      • Acts in a manner outside the traditional “role” as needed in order to meet patients’ needs.
      • Works as a member of the team by pro-actively working to meet patient and household needs.
      • Promotes a healthy environment by demonstrating trust, mutual respect, visible support and open, honest communication with all members of the team.
      • Involves other team members by sharing information.Professionalism
      •  Follows all policies and procedures set forth by the organization and outlined in HRC’s policy manuals and the employee handbook.
      • Maintains confidentiality of patient and information.
      • Meets all requirements as outlined by regulatory and licensure standards.Technical Skills/Documentation
      •  Demonstrates competence with data entry and access to the electronic medical record (if applicable).
      • Maintains documentation in accordance with professional standards and guidelines (if applicable).
      • Uses the computer as trained to access emails and other online resources.Quality Improvement
      •  Communicates issues/concerns to leadership that may require quality monitoring.
      • Offers suggestions and solutions that may improve systems and care.
      • Keeps updated on performance improvement projects at the Health Center.
      • Participates in quality improvement initiatives as may be required.Leadership/Development
      •  Serves as a resource/mentor to the team, new employees, and students (if applicable).
      • Is an active participant in shared governance (committees, tasks force etc.) as designated (if applicable)?
      • Seeks opportunity for professional development by attending internal and external trainings, educational programs and conferences.
      • Safety
      • Practices in accordance with established standards of care for safety of patient, self and co-workers.
      • Identifies and reports basic safety issues or problems (ex. Spills) and takes action whenever appropriate.
      • Identifies and reports errors/potential errors according to policy.
      • Uses equipment as trained and according to organizational policy.
      • Identifies malfunctioning equipment, removes from use, and reports according to policy.
      • Adheres to all infection control policies.
      • Promotes the health and safety of all by following established infection control procedures (i.e., hand washing, use of personal protective equipment).
      • Participates in meetings as required
      • Performs other related duties as required or directed.






    • Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy.
    • Current licensure as an Occupational Therapist in Massachusetts.



    Physical Requirements

    Contact with patients under a wide variety of circumstances, which may include exposure to unpleasant odors, sights, and sounds.

    Subject to varying and unpredictable situations.

    May be exposed to infections, contagious diseases, and blood borne pathogens.

    Gloves, gown, and mask as necessary.

    Prolonged, extensive, or considerable standing or walking.

    Lifting, positioning, transporting, and/or transferring patients.

    Lifting supplies, equipment.

    Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling and crouching.



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