• Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), Home Health - Flexible hours - Detroit area

    Posted Date 29 minutes ago(5/23/2018 8:39 AM)
    Requisition Number
    Rehabilitation Therapy
    Employee Type
    Hours Per Pay Period
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    Weekends and/or Holidays Required
    On Call Required
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    Samaritas, one of the state's largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.


    Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.


    We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.


    Job Summary


    Under the direction of an Occupational Therapist, the COTA administers Occupational Therapy treatment. The COTA assists with restoration of patient functioning to prevent disability following injury, disease or physical disability and assists patients to reach their maximum potential while learning to live within the limits of their capabilities.


    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Administer treatment to the patient using the stated goals and the treatment plan to guide the treatment after communicating with the Occupational Therapist about the evaluation findings and the Plan of Care. Educate the patient and or the patient's designated representative as needed.
    2. Document daily subjective and objective findings, treatment administered, changes in the patient's condition and the patient's reaction to treatment. Document daily minutes and charges for patient treatment. Assist in the preparation of progress reports as requested.
    3. Communicate changes in the patient condition to the supervising Occupational Therapist. Seek approval from the Occupational Therapist to alter a Plan of Care and follows changes in the Plan of Care accordingly.
    4. Assess patient pain, and perform components of assessment under the direction of the Occupational Therapist.
    5. Participate in Discharge Planning including the home evaluation prior to discharge.
    6. Assist the Director and other therapy staff to develop programs that aid patients in achieving highest feasible level of functioning.
    7. Assist in meeting standards required for attaining and maintaining necessary state, federal and other certifications.
    8. Participate in operational aspects of the department and maintains performance improvement activities as directed.
    9. Assist with conducting occupational therapy in-service informational and training sessions as directed by the Director.


    Job Qualifications


    Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

    • Graduate of an accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant Program required.
    • Current State of Michigan Occupational Therapy Assistant licensure.



    • One year of relevant experience preferred.


    Knowledge Skills and Abilities

    • Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical dysfunctions.
    • Ability to display compassion and sensitivity with vulnerable adults who may become angry, hostile, or combative.
    • Excellent communication skills with the ability to read, speak and write English using proper grammar, diction and style.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals with varying levels of cognitive and physical impairments.
    • Ability and willingness to work constructively with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.
    • Ability to present a positive, highly motivated and enthusiastic image and promote harmony in the work environment.
    • Working knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Office Word, Outlook, Excel, Electronic Medical Records (EMR) programs and Kinnser.


    Additional Work Requirements

    • Automobile travel required.
    • Valid unrestricted driver's license with good driving record. Valid proof of automobile insurance.
    • Available to work weekends.


    Physical and Mental Requirements

    • Activities that require considerable use of hands, fingers, arms and legs and moving entire body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
    • Near visual acuity.
    • Ability to safely lift and transfer patients weighing greater than 100 pounds with maximal assist.
    • Ability to push/pull patients in a wheelchair/cart weighing greater than 300 pounds.


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