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at MercyHealth

Posted: 9/24/2019
Job Status: Contract/Temporary,On Call
Job Reference #: 9583

Job Description

Janesville, WI

Pool (PRN) FTE .0001

Work Hours: Flexible



Evaluates patients in the home setting and develops an occupational therapy treatment plan for patients suffering from injuries, neurological conditions, developmental delays, or muscle, nerve, joint and bone disease; to restore function and prevent disability by performing the following duties:



  • Reviews Physician's referral, patient's condition and medical records to determine occupational therapy treatment required. Obtains history and subjective components of the evaluation
  • Test and measures patient's range-of-joint motion, grip/pinch strength, sensation, coordination, functional muscle strength, balance, ADL/IADL status, and cognitive status in the home setting to assist with the evaluation
  • Completes an assessment of patient's current status, develops goals and a treatment plan with recommendations
  • Plans and implements therapeutic programs and activities designed to restore, reinforce, and enhance task performances, diminish or correct pathology, and to promote and maintain health and self-sufficiency
  • Instructs, motivates, and assists patients to learn and improve functional activities and daily living activities
  • Recommends, designs and adapts equipment for the working and living environment
  • Modifies splints and other assistive devices as needed
  • Assists in instructing patient and family in home programs as well as care and use of adaptive equipment
  • Administers active and passive manual therapeutic exercises, mobilization of tissue and joints, heat, water, and electrical modality treatments such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and hot and cold packs
  • Confers with members of occupational therapy staff and other health team members, individually and in conference, to exchange, discuss, and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, and coordinating treatment programs
  • Evaluates effects of treatment at various stages and adjusts treatments to achieve maximum benefit
  • Records treatment, response, and progress in patient's electronic medical chart thoroughly and timely
  • Instructs patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home
  • Confers with Physician and other practitioners to obtain additional patient information, suggest revisions in treatment program, and integrate occupational therapy treatment with other aspects of patient's health care
  • Assists in the orientation and training of new staff members
  • Participates in the PI and CQI process through committees as needed
  • Assist with the supervisory visits of HHA if indicated
  • Coordinates and provides training for annual HHA competency skills fair


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following behavior expectations:


Quality - Follows policies and procedures; adapts to and manages changes in the environment; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness giving attention to details; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Manages time and prioritizes effectively to achieve organizational goals.


Service - Responds promptly to requests for service and assistance; Follows the Mercyhealth Critical Moments of service; Meets commitments; Abides by MH confidentiality and security agreement; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; and effectively communicates information to partners; Thinks system wide regarding processes and functions.


Partnering - Shows commitment to the  Mission of Mercyhealth and Culture of Excellence through all words and actions; Exhibits objectivity and openness to other's views; Demonstrates a high level of participation and engagement in day-to-day work; Gives and welcomes feedback; Generates suggestions for improving work: Embraces teamwork, supports and encourages positive change while giving value to individuals.


Cost - Conserves organization resources; Understands fiscal responsibility; Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue.



Graduate of an accredited program in Occupational Therapy

Home Health experience preferred



License to practice Occupational Therapy in the state of Wisconsin and/or Illinois

Registered by NBCOT or eligible for certification and registration

Oasis certification or other approved therapy certification preferred

Approved CPR or BLS certification required within 90 days of hire

Maintain a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation with proof of vehicle insurance when requested.

Have and maintain an acceptable driving record per Mercy’s HR-01 Fleet Safety policy.



Passing the Driver’s License Check and/or Credit Check (for those positions requiring).

Passing the WI Caregiver Background Check and/or IL Health Care Workers Background Check.

Must be able to follow written/oral instructions.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Occupational Exposure: Category A - All partners in the specified job classification have occupational exposure.



Adult (18 years – 64 years)

Geriatric (65 years and older)



Partner may access patient care information needed to perform their job duties.


Partners, physicians, patients/family, visitors, vendors                                               



The Special Physical Demands are considered Essential Job Functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit, stoop, walk, and stand. The employee is occasionally required to kneel, crouch, crawl, climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.



Some independent judgment is required, but alternatives are limited by standard practices or procedures



Provides supervision for COTA and HHA within the guidelines of state licensing and regulations.