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Occupational Therapy Assist

Job Overview

Distinguishing Features Of the Class

This is a skilled paraprofessional position involving responsibility for the application of treatment procedures to residents to remedy or maintain the ability to cope with their environment. The work is performed under the general  supervision of the Director  who evaluates the resident, develops the treatment plan, and designates treatment procedures to be followed. Progress and observations are reported to the Director who modifies the treatment to promote maximum rehabilitative and restorative measures. Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities

  • Carries out occupational therapy procedures by working with residents individually or in groups to provide treatment of an illness or disability and training in the activities of daily living;
  • Confers periodically with an Occupational Therapist regarding all facets of resident care and related activities;
  • May fabricate and apply splints and other supportive devices, trains residents in self-care activities, and uses varied media to improve their physical or mental functioning;
  • Prepares and sets up occupational therapy treatment apparatus;
  • Participates with other facility personnel in the formulation of residents’ total health care plans;
  • Observes, records and reports residents’ reactions to occupational therapy treatments and programs;
  • Prepares and maintains records of treatment;
  • Provides for and observes safety precautions during all phases of therapy;
  • Inventories, cleans, stores and maintains supplies and equipment;
  • Attends meetings as directed.

Full Performance Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics

  • Working knowledge of the principles, techniques and terminology of occupational therapy treatment procedures;
  • Working knowledge of occupational therapy materials and equipment and their appropriate application to a variety of resident disabilities;
  • Ability to observe, record and report residents’ responses to treatment;
  • Ability to work effectively with the aged, ill and disabled;
  • Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidate must possess a New York State Department of Education certification to practice as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.