Physical Therapist in Orchard City, CO at Volunteers of America

Date Posted: 5/3/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Do you have a passion for geriatrics?  This is a unique opportunity to improve the quality of life for seniors while working as part of a team who's goal is keep our participants in their own homes. 

Volunteers of America is looking for an Physical Therapist Assistant to work in the homes of our senior participants in the Delta County area and in our Day Center.

Benefits of working for Senior Community Care/Volunteers of America (VOA): 

At VOA we understand that our employees are our greatest asset, and we are happy to offer them the following benefits:

  • Competitive pay - $73,236 to $94,411
  • Stable organization; we've been a nonprofit for over 120 years
  • PTO for full-time staff
  • Positive work environment
  • Paid training/Continuing education
  • A variety in your daily duties
  • Supportive managers
  • Fast paced, low stress working environment
  • Benefits:
    • Retirement
    • Flexible Spending Account
    • Loan Program
    • ID Theft
    • Insurances offered:
      • medical
      • dental
      • vision
      • legal
      • life
      • accident
      • critical illness
      • short-term disabilities

OBJECTIVE: Under the supervision of the Center Director, provides physical therapy services to program participants. Provides clinical physical therapy evaluation and treatment for program participants, on acute, restorative or maintenance levels as needed by Day Center, Nursing Home or in-home setting. Integrates the physical therapy treatment plan into the Interdisciplinary Team plan of care. Assists in the ordering, inventory, distribution and maintenance of durable medical equipment for participants


1. Conducts an in-person initial comprehensive physical therapy assessment on all participants upon enrollment. Coordinates with the Interdisciplinary Team to develop a comprehensive plan of care for each participant.

2. Conducts an in-person physical therapy re-assessment minimally every six (6) months or as needed.

3. Functions as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team. Maintains regular attendance at, and participates in, Interdisciplinary Team meetings; communicates participant changes, collaborates on plan of care decisions and coordination for twenty-four (24) hour care delivery.

4. Provides treatment to participants and implements physical therapy procedures consistent in achieving identified goals. Grades activities to facilitate goals. Confers with Interdisciplinary Team on participants care issues.

5. Evaluates participant’s needs. Follows-up with participants during treatment, explaining precautions to take. Discusses condition and treatment plans and recommends solutions to participants care problems with Interdisciplinary Team.

6. Assesses the need for adaptive Durable Medical Equipment (DME), specialized shoes and prosthesis followed by recommendations to Interdisciplinary Team. Receives authorization prior to purchases. Assesses all newly issued orthotic shoes, braces and prosthetics for appropriateness and proper fit.

7. Assists as liaison with Senior CommUnity Care nursing home and assisted living staff regarding physical therapy needs of participants who are their residents.

8. Evaluates charts and reports on participant’s progress, documents physical therapy notes in the participant’s medical record according to Senior CommUnity Care charting requirements.

9. Assists in recommending physical therapy policies and procedures concerning services provided. Maintains quality assurance program, safety, environmental and infection control.

10. Directs, supervises, performs initial and annual competencies, and evaluates the performance of the Physical Therapy Assistant.

11. Performs competencies on appropriate direct care staff as needed.

12. Ensures that the job responsibilities, authorities, and accountability of direct reports are defined and understood.

13. Assists in training and provides ongoing education and clinical supervision for Physical Therapist Assistant(s). Adheres to department policy and physical therapy practice laws on Physical Therapy Association practice and reports to direct supervisor regarding these issues.

14. Acts within the scope of his or her authority to practice.

15. Educates and instructs participants and family members regarding in-home exercise programs: gait training; transfers; Activity of Daily Living (ADL); home modifications; care and use of equipment.

16. Trains staff in body mechanics, use of equipment, transfers, gait patterns, and methods to maximize safety and functional abilities in performing ADL’s.

17. Assists with data collection and prepares reports. Maintains any necessary participant statistics.

18. Maintains department in a clean and orderly manner. Keeps equipment in good working condition according to manufacturers’ recommendations.

19. Follows all Senior CommUnity Care policies and procedures, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety guidelines.

20. Protects privacy and maintains confidentiality of all company procedures, results and information about employees, participants and families.

21. Handles potentially infectious specimens with appropriate biohazard precautions, and practices Universal Precautions.

22. Participates in continuing education classes and any required staff and training meetings. Maintains professional affiliations and any required certifications.

23. Participates in and supports Quality Improvement Initiatives.

24. Performs other duties as required.

Job Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Must have medical clearance for communicable diseases and up-to-date immunizations before having direct participant contact.

2. Must have a valid driver’s license and have means of transportation.

3. Must clear the background check.

4. Education: Be a graduate of a physical therapy curriculum. Current Physical Therapy license required.

5. Experience: Minimum of one-year experience working with a frail or elderly population required.

6. Skills and Knowledge:
• Good working knowledge of physical, psychosocial and behavioral needs of the elderly population.
• Effective listening, and written and oral communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to problem solve and apply good judgment.
• Demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively manage multiple priorities.
• Working knowledge of practice boundaries for Physical Therapist and Physical Therapy Assistant (P.T.A.).
• Ability to utilize computers and other electronic devices for tasks such as timekeeping, in-servicing and documentation.
• Only acts within the scope of his or her authority to practice. Must meet a standardized set of competencies for the specific position description established by Senior Community Care and approved by CMS before working independently.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to meet these demands:

1. Physical Requirements – Requires standing, walking, pushing, pulling and lifting. Requires the ability to lift/carry up to fifty (50) pounds and push or pull objects exceeding one hundred fifty (150) pounds, using appropriate body mechanics. Requires kneeling and reaching at arm’s length and overhead in clinic, rehab department and in community for prolonged periods of time. Must be able to transfer participants needing total assist. Must be able to make home visits to participants who live in non-handicapped accessible dwellings. Requires the ability to use and repair department equipment.

2. Visual, Hearing and Communication Requirements - Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range, with or without reasonable accommodation. Must be able to communicate verbally with all staff, caregivers, participants, and community at large.

3. Pressure Factor - Requires working under stressful conditions. Working conditions may be noisy and crowded and fluctuating indoor temperatures. Moderate pressure to meet scheduled appointments. Subject to people that may have the potential for verbal or physical aggression.

 EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled