Incumbent is an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) who is responsible for providing Occupational Therapy services to veterans and caregivers in the Caregiver Support Program. Position is under the Occupational Therapy (OT) Department of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) at the VA Caribbean Healthcare System. Nevertheless, incumbent spends 100% of her/his time providing OT services at the Caregiver Support Program. The primary function of this Occupational Therapist Program Coordinator is to serve as Clinical Assessor and provide direct patient care, including completing functional assessments to a diverse population in outpatient and community settings within Caregiver Support Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). The incumbent will complete functional assessments and home assessment of Veteran applicants utilizing a prescribed instrument as the Veteran Functional Assessment Instrument (VFAI) and other assessment tools to determine if a Veteran applicant requires personal care services from a caregiver due to inability to perform an activity of daily living (AOL) and/or due to the need for supervision, protection or instruction. These assessments will be instrumental to determine Veteran and Caregiver eligibility for CSP benefits, care level and educational needs to coordinate Veteran's services and establish treatment plan for the caregiver. The Occupational Therapist Program Coordinator for the Caregiver Support Program evaluates, plans and directs program to ensure proper coordination of care within the local facility inclusive of regional/national stakeholders. Also, he/she provides professional guidance and consultation for OT practitioners and monitors clinically appropriate treatment program with great autonomy. Incumbent spends at least 25% of his/her time on these duties. Major Duties Include, but are not limited to: Completes advanced specialized evaluations and/or treatment interventions. Performs an assessment of cases assigned that include but is not limited to physical, cognitive, behavioral and environmental/social strength and limitations that may enhance or interfere with plan goals . Evaluates Veteran's ability to live independently and safely. Provides individual or group interventions and consultation on difficult cases in which the Caregiver Support Program Manager identify a need for OT services. Evaluates, plans and directs the caregiver Support Program to ensure proper coordination of care within the local facility inclusive of regional/national stakeholders such as The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Collaborates with leadership, supervisors and staff to facilitate efficient and effective delivery of patient-centered care. Serves as a Clinical Educator, being responsible for planning, scheduling, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating the student's clinical affiliation. Incumbent is responsible for trainee orientation, instruction, counseling and evaluation. Provides in-services training and continuous medical education for Occupational Therapists , Caregiver Support Program staff and other health care professionals at VA and at the community, especially those related to the role of OT. Receives all Occupational Therapy/ Caregiver Support Program consults and referrals (including those referred to Satellite clinics) and perform a screening to address appropriateness and coordinates scheduling considering clinical indicated date, frequency of care needed, other disciplines schedules, and patients/family preferences. Schedule flexibility must be maintained to allow for unscheduled patients and for mentoring and consultation. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (can include weekends, holidays and rotation shifts) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.