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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Company: Westchester Medical Center
Location: Valhalla
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Job Summary: The Occupational Therapy Assistant is responsible for assisting the professional Occupational Therapist in the functional treatment, maintenance and supportive programs at Westchester Medical Center, and documenting information in client records. The Occupational Therapy Assistant assists with and selects activities necessary to help individuals learn life-management skills within the limits of their physical and mental abilities. Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.


  • Prepares patients for participation in activities to restore maximum function, including life skills, perceptual motor abilities, sensory function, and adjustment to disability, as determined by professional Occupational Therapist.
  • Instructs patients in activities of daily living (ADL - dressing, grooming, bathing, self-feeding) in order to maintain or restore functional abilities, and achieve their maximal potential in ADL, as determined by the Occupational Therapist.
  • Assists in the assessment, treatment, and implementation of patient care in accordance with the New York State Practice Act.
  • Assists the Occupational Therapist in the evaluation of clients' daily living skills and capacities to determine the extent of abilities and limitations.
  • Collaborates with the team to assist the Occupational Therapist in the execution of functional, meaningful, and purposeful OT treatment programs.
  • Assists in the determination of each patient's interests, physical ability and mental alertness.
  • Assists in the selection of appropriate activities for each patient, with consideration for age-specific competencies and cultural diversity in the provision of patient care.
  • Performs routine occupational therapy care to assigned patients.
  • Assists the Occupational Therapist in administering formal evaluations, and provides information from observations as related.
  • Assists in carrying out general activity programs for individuals or groups;
  • Encourages and motivates patients to participate in programs;
  • Adheres to and adapts to client goals, objectives, and standards of performance;
  • Maintains documentation as required, according to the practice act and the facility requirements.
  • Reports information and observations to the Occupational Therapists.
  • Confers with the Occupational Therapist on all matters dealing with questions, problems, and progress relating to any occupational therapy program.
  • Maintains safe and clean occupational therapy work environment and equipment.
  • Assists in the ordering of supplies.
  • Assists in instructing the patient and the patient's family in home programs as well as care and use of adaptive equipment.
  • Assists with the fabrication of splints and other adaptive equipment fitted by the

Senior/Supervising/Chief Occupational Therapist.



Education: 1-2 years in acute care experience preferred but willing to train a new graduate.

Licenses / Certifications: Must possess certification and current registration issued by the New York State Education Department as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.


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Keywords: Westchester Medical Center, Yonkers , Occupational Therapy Assistant, Other , Valhalla, New York

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