UnityPoint Health

Occupational Therapist

Requisition ID
US-IA-Fort Dodge
802 Kenyon Rd
9400 UnityPoint at Home Affiliate
Fort Dodge
SN Visits- HC- FD
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Mon-Fri 8-4:30 with occasional weekend morning at TRMC
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


Occupational Therapist

Ft Dodge, IA

$7500 Sign on bonus

Full-time, Monday-Friday Daytime hours


The Occupational Therapist (OT) uses clinical expertise, physical assessment, teaching and skilled therapy interventions to deliver high quality patient care in the patient’s place of residence. The OT contributes to the development of the home health plan of care under the direction of the physician. The OT delivers therapy intervention and treatment directed by the physician as established in the home health plan of care that is consistent with clinical best practices and results in high quality, improved outcomes and exceptional patient experience.



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  • Commitment to our Team – We’ve been named a Top 150 Place to Work in Healthcare 2022 by Becker’s Healthcare for our commitment to our team members.  
  • Culture – At UnityPoint Health, you Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what's right for the people we serve.  
  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in.  
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.  
  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience.  
  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.  


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Patient Care/Care Coordination

·Makes visits to the homes of patients requiring home health occupational therapy services and assumes responsibility for an ongoing interdisciplinary assessment of the patient..

·Evaluates and assesses the patient’s level of functioning by applying appropriate tests.

·Develops specific occupational therapy procedures as well as functional activities in accordance with written physician plan of treatment and patient evaluation.

·Develops and administers plan of treatment including environmental modifications.

·Oversees use of treatment modalities, prosthetic devices and therapeutic appliances.

·Ensures quality and safe delivery of services to patients according to the care plan.

·Performs and directs therapy treatment as ordered.

·Uses equipment and supplies safely, effectively, and efficiently.

·Promotes patient independence by teaching patients and family members to understand the following as well as any additional education needs identified by the assessing clinician and/or physician:

   oTreatment and disease management

   oMedications purpose, use, side effects, potential adverse effects

   oProper use, safety hazards, and infection control issues related to the use and maintenance     of any equipment provided

   oPatient plan of care

   oEmergency preparedness

   oPhases of occupational therapy in which they may assist and use of prosthetic and orthotic     devices and medical and adaptive equipment.

·Provides the services that are ordered by the physician as indicated in the plan of care.

·Provides patient, caregiver and family counseling and education as indicated in the plan of care.

·Contributes to the continual update of the plan of care that includes measureable outcomes that will occur as a result of implementing and coordinating the plan of care.

·Develops and updates patient’s discharge plan on every visit ensuring patient and caregiver education and training is facilitating timely discharge and measureable goals and outcomes are attainable, realistic and up-to-date.


Home Care Performance Criteria

·Delivers quality care and completes clear, concise and accurate clinical documentation of care provision in accordance with home health conditions of participation (CoPs), various payer home health coverage criteria, accreditation standards, professional standards for discipline/credential and the home health plan of care.

·Maintains competence in OASIS data collection and documentation and submits all initial and corrected assessments according to CMS guidance and agency policies and procedures.

·Participates in clinical review of records to monitor quality and accuracy, appropriate utilization, appropriate involvement of interdisciplinary team members, appropriate referrals and coordination of care.

·Participates in peer review and other quality assurance activities, as assigned.

·Uses appropriate infection control procedures and safety measure to protect employees and patients.

·Provides patient and family education using UPaH approved patient teaching materials only.

·Participates in case conferences, in-service programs and other meetings required to ensure coordinated and comprehensive care.

·Reviews all patient assignments prior to scheduling first visit and accepts patient assignments only for which qualified and competent in any specific care/technical skill/procedure needed.

·Participates as a member of the interdisciplinary team.

·Participates in quality assurance/performance improvement (QAPI) activities, as assigned.

·Maintains professional knowledge for discipline/credential/license ensuring inclusion of content specific to home and community based care.


  • Licensed or otherwise regulated, if applicable, as an Occupational Therapist by the state in which practicing, unless licensure does not apply in the practicing state. 
  • Graduate of an occupational Therapist education program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA), or successor organizations of ACOTE 
  • Eligible to take, or has successfully completed the entry-level certification examination for Occupational Therapists developed and administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) 
  • One year experience caring for similar patient population as to be assigned
  • Valid licensed driver with automobile insurance in accordance with state(s) and/or organizational requirements.   
  • Mandatory Reporter: Child & Dependent Adult Abuse. 
  • Person Centered Care (PCC) course completion within first 12 months of hire and annual completion of competency validation activities. 
  • CPR: Maintain a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider Card with Re-certification.
  • Basic knowledge of current, frequently used medications, including modes of administration, actions and side effects. 
  • Able to perform occupational therapy assessment and treatment in the home setting without direct supervision. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to work as a collaborative team member. 
  • Ability to understand and apply guidelines, policies and procedures. 
  • Ability to navigate and perform basic use of Microsoft Office products. 
  • Maintains a reliable mode of transportation and has the ability to drive safely during all day and night hours and in all types of inclement weather. 


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