Speech Language Pathologists – per diem

JOB SUMMARY:
Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP) performs treatment for patients of VNA Home Health Services / Somerset Hills Hospice, and VNA Community Health Services as prescribed by their physicians.

REPORTS TO: Manager, Rehabilitation Services

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Current license to practice Speech Therapy in the State of New Jersey
  • Current New Jersey Drivers License

EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum 2 years satisfactory work experience in Speech Therapy
  • Prior home care experience preferred

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of current speech therapy principles and practices
  • Knowledge/application of modalities and techniques used in speech therapy and full knowledge of their effects
  • Knowledge of human anatomy/physiology and effect of treatment procedure on body function and structure
  • Knowledge of disease process, causative factors, and value of speech therapy intervention in its relief
  • Knowledge of safety and infection control procedures and Universal Precautions
  • Knowledge of Medicare and 3rd party payor rules/regulations for home care
  • Basic knowledge of the OASIS form, OASIS function and OASIS scoring
  • Basic computer skills

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attends and completes the orientation program provided by the Agency.
  • Maintains standards as set by ASHA regarding treatment procedures, professional ethics and standards of practice.
  • Administer speech/swallow therapy services per M.D. orders:
  • – Responds to physicians for confirmation, clarification or elaboration of treatment orders.
    – Recommends/Implements changes in treatment plan with MD approval and signature; based upon the patient’s response to therapy.
    – Provide services in the categories of:
    – Speech therapy evaluation and swallow safety assessment
    – Patient care planning and the establishment of treatment goals
    – Implementation of treatment program to relieve pain, develop or restore function, and maintain maximum performance
    – Provides appropriate discharge planning and refers to appropriate resources if indicated
    – Provides patient/family/caregiver education to include a relevant home program with instruction to patient, family, and assistive personnel
    – Utilize therapeutic modalities that are available for the home treatment setting
    – Instruct patient/family/caregiver in techniques that optimize speech and swallow function
    – Direct and assist patient in home activity program; therapeutic exercise, muscle re-education, safe-swallow strategies and strict adherence to diet texture and fluid viscosity recommendations
    – Inservice training to patients/families/caregivers and the community at large
    – Referral for MBS studies to SMC per Department policy

  • Provide referrals to ancillary support disciplines (MSW, Registered Dietitians, etc.)
  • Participate in staff meetings and attend mandatory inservice educational programs
  • Maintain adequate records and document treatment per Medicare/Payor guidelines
  • Responsible for OASIS scoring accuracy and ongoing OASIS education
  • Follow proper safety and infection control procedures
  • Coordinate with patient/family to schedule speech therapy visits; keeping them informed of any changes that may occur. Keep therapist rescheduling to a minimum
  • Demonstrate flexibility with willingness to travel to the various geographical locations of our patients, and help to cover patients for vacationing therapists
  • Perform duties within the established policies of the VNA of Somerset Hills and all associated regulatory agents/agencies such as CHAP, OIG, OSHA, State, etc.
  • Accept and perform other duties as assigned

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