Occupational Therapist

Windermere Care Centre - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Windermere Care Centre is a 207 bed long-term care facility in Vancouver. The successful candidate will be an integral part of our new rehabilitation team and will help shape the direction of the department. Benefits include generous extended health and dental coverage and participation in the Municipal Pension Plan.

Job Summary:

Practices in accordance with the standards of professional practice and code of ethics as outlined by the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) as well as within a resident and family centred care model and the vision and values of the organization. Provides occupational therapy services to enable residents to achieve and maintain optimal health outcomes, by working independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Performs assessments on resident’s occupational performance utilizing an evidence-based approach, plans and implements outcome oriented services, evaluates the effectiveness of the services, prepares and maintains records, participates in interdisciplinary research, demonstrates safe and effective resource utilization and quality management. Participates in departmental/facility quality improvement initiatives, meetings, research and education.

Education, Training and Experience:

  • Baccalaureate in Occupational Therapy or Rehabilitation Sciences from a recognized program.
  • Current full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC). Eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) or the British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists (BCSOT).
  • Previous experience is geriatric setting preferred
  • Must have the ability to speak, read and write fluently in English and follow oral and written directions
  • Must have assessment, charting, verbal and written reporting experience
  • MDS and CAPS training preferred

Skills and Abilities:

Broad knowledge of Occupational Therapy theory and practice within a resident and family centred model of care.

Broad knowledge of the COTBC standards of practice and guidelines for clinical practitioners.

Broad knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in resident care.

Basic knowledge of evidence-based clinical practice related to designated clinical area(s).

Basic knowledge of occupational therapy standardised tests and measures.

Basic knowledge of research process and methodology.

Demonstrated ability to teach and empower residents to assume control over their health.

Demonstrated ability to adjust to unexpected events, problem-solve, set priorities and deal with conflict.

Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

Demonstrated ability to communicate (orally and in writing) and deal effectively with residents and their families, coworkers, physicians, other health care staff, and staff of external agencies.

Demonstrated ability to provide effective consultation.

Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities in collaboration with others in a complex health care environment.

Demonstrated ability to recognize when referral to another health care professional is required.

Demonstrated skill in Occupational Therapy techniques and the use of applicable equipment and supplies.

Demonstrated computer skills including the ability to effectively use a computerized resident care information system.

Demonstrated physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Identifies and assesses resident’s occupational performance issues important to the resident considering the resident’s personal context, valued pastimes and environmental strengths and resources. Utilizes an evidence-based approach by reviewing records, gathering information relevant to the situation, interviewing the resident, and determining suitability of services to ensure occupational performance issues important to the resident are resolved and improvement in resident independence and occupational performance.

2. Conducts advanced assessments of resident’s functional and mobility needs as pertains to wheelchair assessments and prescriptions and/or seating needs. This includes cognitive and physical ability, skin integrity, pressure points (pressure mapping), pressure ulcer risk, occupational performance potential, positioning needs and enablers, opportunities and barriers for support, elements of the environment, values, beliefs and goals.\

3. Plans outcome oriented occupational therapy services by collaborating with the resident, identifying resident and therapist expectations for service, establishing and prioritizing expected outcomes, discussing service implementation options, discussing wheelchair and seating options and determining equipment resources to meet identified resident goals.

4. Implements occupational therapy services utilizing diverse intervention approaches by carrying out the plan, engaging the resident in activities associated with occupational roles and the resident’s goals, assessing and modifying the implementation, and identifying completion criteria to promote, develop, maintain and/or restore occupational potential.

5. Implements an appropriate seating/wheeled mobility plan utilizing advanced intervention approaches/procedures such as selecting and utilizing specialized seating and positioning systems, power and manual mobility equipment, as well as ergonomic/access technology as needed. Carries out the plan, engages the resident in activities associated with occupational roles and the client’s goals, assesses and modifies equipment as needed to develop, maintain and/or restore occupational potential.

6. Assesses residents to determine mobility needs, including eligibility for VCH Basic Wheelchair and acts as liaison between the vendor, resident/family, facility and VCH.

7. Acts as the facility’s liaison for the Basic Wheelchair Program with the Health Authority and vendors.

8. Schedules appointments and responses to referrals for consultation and seating/wheeled mobility and functional health assessments, in consultation with residents, the health care team, family and caregivers.

9. Screens, assesses and recommends intervention strategies for residents with feeding, eating and swallowing problems.

10. Evaluates occupational therapy services, including quality and outcomes, in collaboration with the resident and family in keeping with the resident’s goals by determining the purpose, method and criteria of the evaluation, implementing the evaluation, and analyzing and interpreting results to utilize results for service delivery and future planning of occupational therapy services.

11. Acts as an Occupational Therapy resource for the designated area by such methods as providing education, in-services, and attends a variety meetings as a representative of Occupational Therapy.

12. Provides education and counseling to residents/families regarding the functional and rehabilitation issues of residents in the areas of personal life, leisure and education and provides information and guidance to other caregivers and health providers.

13. Maintains a variety of records including resident files by gathering information, entering data into computerized databases and/or documenting information into approved formats according to the College of Occupational Therapists of BC practice standards. Notes resident’s progress, changes to treatment plan, and records test/treatment results to provide evidence and rationale that support assessment findings and intervention plan. Compiles statistics on workload activities and summarizing information into written reports as requested.

14. Delegates appropriate tasks to Rehabilitation Assistants and provides direction and monitoring as required.

15. Guides clinical experience of assigned occupational therapy and rehabilitation assistant students as assigned by providing clinical guidance and the opportunity to observe and take an active role in the treatment of occupational therapy residents, and provides input to the Director of Care and/or designate as requested on individual's progress in achieving established standards of care.

16. Participates in team/program activities required to enhance and optimize the delivery of care and to facilitate evidence-based practice. Promotes quality management principles for team/program operations, identifies processes/procedures that require improvement, and drafts/revises guidelines, policies and procedures for review.

17. Participates on committees to promote optimal support for residents, to facilitate the resolution of issues, and to advocate for the goals and objectives of the team/program.

18. Participates in approved occupational therapy and interdisciplinary research and special projects in collaboration with designated personnel/team and other health care professionals, through methods such as collecting data, summarizing information, and/or providing verbal updates for review and further analysis by principal researcher, research team and/or project coordinator.

19. Applies an evidence-based approach to clinical problem solving through methods such as reviewing relevant literature/resources and applying approved research findings in clinical practice to support the research culture of the organization. Evaluates results in collaboration with interdisciplinary team.

20. Maintains and updates own clinical knowledge within area of practice, and develops a plan in collaboration with designated personnel/team for professional development. Reviews progress to ensure that goals are achieved within established time frames.

21. Performs other related duties as required.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $47.00 /hour