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Physical Therapists are needed to perform the following duties: · Plan, prepare, or carry out individually designed programs of physical treatment to maintain, improve, or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain, or prevent physical dysfunction in patients. · Perform and document an initial exam, evaluating data to identify problems and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention. · Evaluate effects of treatment at various stages and adjust treatments to achieve maximum benefit. · Test and measure patient's strength, motor development and function, sensory perception, functional capacity, or respiratory or circulatory efficiency and record data. · Review physician's referral and patient's medical records to help determine diagnosis and physical therapy treatment required. · Obtain patients' informed consent to proposed interventions. · Administers physical therapy treatments by giving massages, manual therapy, strengthening and stretching exercise, applying physical agents like moist packs, TENS, electric stimulation, and ultrasound machines; directing treatments given by aides, technicians, and assistants. · Record prognosis, treatment, response, and progress in patient's chart or enter information into computer. · Inform patients and refer to appropriate practitioners when diagnosis reveals findings outside physical therapy. · Discharge patients from physical therapy when goals or projected outcomes have been attained and provide for appropriate follow-up care or referrals. · Advising the patient and family about in-home treatment options and exercises · Maintains patient confidence and protects medical records by keeping information confidential. Bachelor Degree is required in Physical Therapy or Physiotherapy or Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Occupational therapists are needed to perform the following duties: Evaluate clients' conditions by reviewing their medical history, interviewing them, and observing them perform various tasks Develop and implement treatment plans that have specific activities to help clients work toward their goals Help clients relearn and perform daily living tasks, such as teaching a person who has had a stroke how to get dressed Demonstrate exercises—for example, stretching the joints for arthritis relief—to help relieve clients’ pain Evaluate a client’s home, school, or workplace to identify potential accessibility improvements, such as labeling kitchen cabinets for an older person with poor memory Educate a client’s family about how to accommodate and care for them Recommend special equipment, such as mobility aids and eating aids, and instruct clients and families on how to use it Assess and record clients’ activities and progress for client evaluations, billing, and other purposes Occupational therapists work with people who have permanent disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, and may need help with daily tasks. They recommend options and show clients how to use appropriate adaptive equipment, such as leg braces, wheelchairs, and eating aids. These devices help clients live their lives more independently. Some occupational therapists work with children in inpatient, outpatient, or educational settings. They may provide early intervention therapy to infants and toddlers or work with school-aged children to encourage engagement, such as participating in academic activities. Therapists who work with older adults help clients live independently and improve their quality of life. They assess clients’ abilities and environment and make recommendations to improve the clients’ everyday lives. For example, therapists may identify potential fall hazards in a client’s home and recommend their removal or help clients attend social outings. Occupational therapists help clients create functional work environments. They evaluate the workspace, recommend modifications, and meet with the client’s employer to collaborate on changes to the client’s work environment or schedule. Occupational therapists also may work in mental health settings, where they help clients who have developmental disabilities or mental health conditions. Therapists assist and educate clients on improving skills such as managing time, using public transportation, and doing household chores. In addition, therapists may work with individuals who have problems related to drug or alcohol abuse, depression, or trauma.
Speech-language pathologists are needed to perform the following duties: Evaluate levels of speech, language, or swallowing difficulty Identify clients' goals for treatment Create and carry out an individualized treatment plan that addresses specific functional needs Teach clients how to make sounds, improve their voices, and maintain fluency Help clients improve vocabulary and sentence structure Work with clients to develop and strengthen the muscles used to swallow Counsel clients and their families on how to cope with communication and swallowing disorders Speech-language pathologists work with clients who have speech and language problems, including related cognitive or social communication problems. Clients may have difficulty speaking, such as being unable to speak or speaking too loudly or softly. They also may have problems with rhythm and fluency, such as stuttering. Speech-language pathologists also work with clients who have problems understanding language. Speech-language pathologists may select alternative communication systems and instruct clients in their use. They also must record their evaluations and assessments, track treatment progress, and note any changes in a client's condition or treatment plan. Some speech-language pathologists specialize in working with specific age groups, such as children or older adults. Others focus on treatment programs for specific communication or swallowing problems that result from developmental delays or from medical causes, such as a stroke or a cleft palate. Still others research topics related to speech and language issues.
Social workers are needed to perfor the following duties: Identify people and communities in need of help Assess clients’ needs, situations, strengths, and support networks to determine their goals Help clients adjust to changes and challenges in their lives, such as illness, divorce, or unemployment Research, refer, and advocate for community resources, such as food stamps, childcare, and healthcare, to assist and improve a client’s well-being Respond to crisis situations such as child abuse and mental health emergencies Monitor clients' situations, and follow up to ensure that they have improved Maintain case files and records Provide psychotherapy services Social workers help people cope with challenges in their lives. They help with a wide range of situations, such as adopting a child, being diagnosed with a terminal illness, or preventing and treating substance abuse. Some social workers get involved at a broad level to help community organizations and policymakers develop or improve social programs, services, and conditions. This is sometimes referred to as macro social work. Advocacy is an important aspect of social work. Social workers advocate or raise awareness with and on behalf of their clients and constituents. Additionally, they may advocate for the social work occupation on local, state, and national levels.
Home Health Nurses provide a variety of tasks during patient visits depending on the specific plan of care and type of patient. They often have the following duties and responsibilities: Assess and chart observations of the patient’s condition at each visit. Complete evaluation tasks, including reviewing medication and vital signs. Administer Physician-prescribed medication. Dress or redress wounds and assess the healing progress. Provide education to patients and families on proper home health care procedures and strategies. Coordinate with Physicians, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and other individuals in the patient’s care plan. Keep the patient comfortable through palliative care. Recommend tools or devices that may improve the quality of life for the patient.