The Physical Therapist is responsible for treating patients (adolescent, adult, and geriatric) assigned, determining short-term and long-term goals in conjunction with the patient, family/caregiver and other Shepherd Center team members, and developing and implementing a comprehensive plan of care. In this active and hands-on position, the Physical Therapist greatly improves the patient experience through rehabilitation services. This role collaborates and engages with others in order to facilitate patient recovery.
- Evaluates patient’s physical and functional status including muscular strength, motor functions, reflexes, ambulation skills and ability to perform activities of daily living.
- Observes and interviews patient, reviews medical history, and administers sensory tests, muscle tests, range-of-motion exams, and other evaluation techniques.
- Develops and implements treatment program to further patient functional skills, which is then periodically reassessed and adapted.
- Plans and delivers effective patient and family training to ensure proper patient care.
- Utilizes and orders in-house trial equipment according to need and correctly fits equipment to the patient.
- Schedules patients for specialty clinics and programs where appropriate.
- Determines and orders/recommends appropriate durable medical equipment in consultation with patient, caregivers, payer source and team members.
- Discusses evaluation, goals, and treatment with patient and family and instructs them on the exercise program and in use of equipment.
- A degree from an accredited program in physical therapy.
- BLS required.
- Licensed to practice in the state of Georgia.
- Two (2) years recent clinical experience preferred.