Under the direction and supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR), the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) assists in supplementing, enhancing and extending occupational therapy services by completing a variety of tasks such as, but not limited to, activities designed by OTR to assist with assessment, intervention, treatment and activities to enhance motor, sensory, self-regulatory, feeding and other functional abilities.
- Currently licensed/certified as an Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Current BLS/CPR certification
- Strong written/verbal communication, organizational and customer service skills a must.
- Good physical stamina, mental health and personal hygiene habits.
- Strong attention to detail
- Good oral, written and organizational skills; computer literate and familiar with Microsoft Office software
- Understands the healthcare philosophy of care and has empathy for the ill, along with their loved ones.
- Proven experience and ability to work in a team-based environment.
- Ability to read, follow directions, work independently, and operate mobile documentation device.
- Exceptional organizational skills, effective time management, ability to multi-task while still paying close attention to detail
- Ability to take initiative and to see projects through to completion.
- Ability to work collaboratively and compassionately with other staff in a fast growing, fast paced, and changing work environment.
- Team player who shares and participates in the vision and goals of ASLH.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Helps occupational therapy clients by providing rehabilitative services to persons with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental impairments.
- Provides services under the direction of licensed occupational therapist.
- Verifies client information by interviewing client, reviewing and recording medical history, confirming purpose of treatment.
- Helps clients improve their quality of life by helping them compensate for limitations, such as, helping injured workers improve their motor skills and re-enter the labor force, and teaching persons with learning disabilities to prepare meals or to use public transportation and increase their independence.
- Follows treatment plan developed in collaboration with occupational therapist by teaching techniques, such as, the proper method of moving from a bed into a wheelchair, and the best ways to stretch and limber muscles.
- Monitors activities to make sure they are performed correctly and provides encouragement, bringing treatment that is not having the intended effect to the attention of the therapist.
- Maintains patient occupational therapy records by recording client’s progress for use by the occupational therapist.
- Generates revenues by recording billing information of services rendered.
- Maintains safe, secure, and healthy work environment by establishing, following, and enforcing standards and procedures and complying with legal regulations.
- Keeps supplies ready by inventorying stock, placing orders, and verifying receipt.
- Keeps equipment operating by following operating instructions, troubleshooting breakdowns, maintaining supplies, performing preventive maintenance, and calling for repairs.
- Enhances occupational therapy practice reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests and exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
The above statements are intended to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks or special projects, other than those stated in this description, by supervisors/Leadership Team.
Reports directly to the Occupational Therapist