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Speech Therapist (22962)

Company: Regency Integrated Health Services
Location: Spring
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:

The Speech Therapist (ST) conducts assessments and reassessments of rehabilitation needs and potential. The ST also plans, implements, and supervises therapeutic programs which include patient teaching and therapeutic activities to improve or restore communicative and swallowing abilities.

JOB DUTIES/ KNOWLEDGE:

  • Conducts assessments and reassessments of the patient's communication and swallowing disorders by applying diagnostic and prognostic procedures.
  • Plans, implements, and supervises an individualized therapeutic program designed to restore and/ or improve communicative activities of daily living, and to treat swallowing disorders.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with the Rehab Director, or designed professional, to ensure integration of the therapeutic program in the plan of care.
  • Guides and teaches the patient in techniques, exercises, or precautions designed to improve the patient's ability to swallow and communicate.
  • Observes, records, and reports the patient's reaction to treatment and any changes in the patient's condition or treatment. Documents the extent of the patient's involvement in the decision affecting his/her care.
  • Instructs other agency personnel and patients family members in activities of speech therapy in which they may safely and effectively assist the patient.
  • Participates in patient case conferences to coordinate the patient's plan of care and promote positive therapeutic outcome.
  • Participates in continuous assessment and evaluation of the agency via Quarterly Record Review, or the quality Assurance/ Improvement Program.
  • Fallows state guidelines and maintains appropriate documentation when supervising an Assistant in speech.
  • Maintain code of ethics set by the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Sight and hearing sufficient to comprehend written and verbal communication, ability to work a minimum of eight (8) hours per day while driving, standing, sitting, and completing reports and documentation.

Qualifications

JOB PERFORMANCE:

Demonstrates initiative and skills in planning and organizing work

  • Demonstrates a desire to set and meet objectives and to find increasingly efficient ways to perform tasks.
  • Completes work, care and documentation with accuracy within agency time frames.
  • Requires minimal supervision and is self-directed.

MISSION/ AGENCY STANDARDS:

Demonstrates organizational awareness and commitment

  • Understands and appropriately applies the chain of command in relation to job position and supervision.
  • Knows and understands the agency mission in relation to own job position.

Observes confidentiality policy at all times

  • Protects and honors customer and coworker confidentiality.
  • Respects customers' and coworkers' right to privacy.

Observes attendance and attire polices

  • Meets attendance and punctuality expectations.
  • Demonstrates cooperation with requests to meet agency needs.
  • Consistently adheres to agency dress code.

Complies with all other related policies, procedures and requests

  • Recommends and/ or supports changes to policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of policies and procedures applicable to own job positon.
  • Adheres to policies and procedures. Honors requests of management for interim rules.

Conserves agency resources

  • Maintains agency property, supplies and equipment in a manner that demonstrates ownership and accountability.
  • Maintains the work area to reduce the likelihood for safety hazards and to enhance its general appearance.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:

Demonstrates interpersonal understanding and utilizes effective communication skills

  • Considers effects of words and actions on others.
  • Utilizes listening skills that indicate understanding and promote accurate interpretation of others' concerns, motivations and feelings.
  • Recognizes the influence of beliefs and cultures on behaviors and accepts strengths and limitations in others.
  • Works toward resolution of interpersonal conflicts as they arise.
  • Recognizes when others are in need of information, assistance or direction and consistently offers and provides help.
  • Attends and participates positively in meetings.
  • Regularly reads and appropriately applies information to practice.
  • Uses words that express respect, patience and understanding in interactions with others.
  • Acknowledges other verbally and nonverbal (eye contact, expression, tone of voice) promptly and courteously.
  • Follows appropriate phone etiquette.

Exhibits behaviors of cooperation

  • Develops cooperation and collaborative work efforts that in general benefits all involved parties.
  • Demonstrates the initiative to meet the needs of the agency by assisting coworkers when load permits.

PERSONAL/ PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Continuing education and personal/ professional development responsibilities

  • Maintains personal health status requirement in relation to job position
  • Maintains professional licensure/ certification (if applicable).
  • Maintains current personnel file information and provides information to agency in timely manner.
  • Sets own development challenges and volunteers to learn.
  • Assists with orientation of new personnel.
  • Adheres to agency infection control and safety polices, including education, reporting, and practice implementation specific to job position.
  • Attends agency provided in-service programs to fulfill requirements of position and agency polices.

Exhibits adaptability, flexibility, self-control and maturity in work and behavior

  • Maintains stable performance and emotions when faced with opposition, pressure and/ or stressful conditions.
  • Develops work relationships that honor and respect others' strengths and abilities.

SERVICE EXCELLENCE:

Service Excellence 50% of yearly evaluation

  • Shows courtesy, compassion and respect.
  • Communicates with all individuals appropriately, while maintaining confidentiality.
  • Contributes to teamwork, and harmonious working relationships.
  • Supports and demonstrates continuous improvement of quality and service.
  • Shares ideas and suggestions.
  • Participates in projects.
  • Participates in problem solving.
  • Reports problems, unusual events appropriately.
  • Demonstrates behavior that promotes professionalism and self-development.
  • Participates in educational programs/ seminars.
  • Promotes cost consciousness.
  • Displays professional appearance.
  • Promotes professional environment, including emphasis on cleanliness and safety.

PROBLEM SOLVING:

Exhibit critical thinking abilities and applies them for continuous improvement of services and the agency

  • Uses own knowledge and experience base and other resources as necessary to make logical decisions and solve problems.
  • Continuously analyze work process and makes suggestions for improvement.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master's Degree in Speech Pathology (or equivalent) from a University program accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association.
  • Current licensed by the state of Texas to practice as a Speech-Language-Pathologist.
  • Has been granted a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology by the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
  • One (1) year experience in Speech Language Pathology in a home health setting perffered.

DEGRESS OF TRAVEL:

Must have a car with current insurance coverage and a state driver's license.

DEGRESS OF DISRUPTION TO ROUTINE, OVERTIME:

Must be able to adapt to client status and needs as directed. Schedule changes daily due to client condition and needs, new clients, etc.

SAFETY HAZARDS IN JOB:

Possible infections from clients, auto accident, unsafe neighborhoods.

Keywords: Regency Integrated Health Services, Houston , Speech Therapist (22962), Other , Spring, Texas

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