The Kinesiotherapist is a professional therapist that uses scientifically based exercise principles adapted to enhance strength, endurance, and mobility of individuals with functional limitations to those requiring extended physical conditioning. Duties and responsibilities for the position include but are not limited to the following: Interprets and administers, upon receipt of a prescription for a qualified physician, using specialized skills and medical knowledge in the evaluation of the patients' medical condition. Coordinates the scheduling of patient treatment with other PM&RS therapists, the interdisciplinary team, and nursing staff as appropriate. Assembles pre-evaluation data, interprets medical record information reviews therapy prescriptions, and conducts physical evaluation of patients in order to develop and implement a treatment plan. Devises specific care plans for skilled rehabilitation and/or wellness activities. Incumbent strives to retard physical and mental deterioration, maintaining the highest degree of self-help and independence within the limitation of patient's disability. Determines the appropriate evaluation tools and interventions necessary to establish, in collaboration with the patient, a goal specific treatment plan. Establishing these therapeutic objectives can be complex because of the server and multiple disabilities encountered. Identifies the need for modifications to the treatment intervention based on the patient response to treatment in a manner that utilizes creative thinking and problem solving the goes beyond the typical diagnosis-based treatment pathways in order to reach maximal outcomes. Establishes meaningful therapeutic goals and independently designs a treatment plan to meet the goals established in the most efficient manner. Completes appropriately timed re-evaluations for the patients and modifies the goals based on the information gained by the re-evaluation. Incumbent reports to physician's patient reactions to treatment, which have medical significance and diagnostic value. Encompass a moderately complex foundation of knowledge in the administration of musculoskeletal, neurological, ergonomic, biomechanical, psychological, and task specific functional tests and measures. Independently develops therapeutic programs for various types of disabilities, which include but are not limited to orthopedic conditions, amputation, muscle weakness, chronic cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, psychiatric diagnoses, dementia, and patients with multiple diagnoses. Assesses the needs for home equipment, durable medical equipment, and/or assistive technology as appropriate via clinical simulation and/or home evaluation to ensure optimal functioning in the home environment. Provides education for patients and family members in home exercise programs, transfer techniques, and in efficient care for the patient in a way that is clear and understandable for those involved. Functions as a core team member of the multidisciplinary team for the purpose of providing total health care delivery to the patient and continuity of care by sharing ideas and exchanging pertinent information. As a member of the treatment team, maintains a working relationship with medical and allied health specialists to coordinate patient treatment to effect maximum rehabilitation potential. The therapist participates in ward rounds with ward physicians and other members of the treatment team. He/she explains and discusses both theoretical and practical aspects of Kinesiotherapy treatment and therapeutic techniques with various groups within the medical center. Work Schedule: 07:00 AM - 03:30 PM Monday - Friday Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599344400
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.