The Speech Language Pathologist is a qualified person who directs, supervises, evaluates and provides Speech Therapy services to patients in their home or place of residence on an intermittent basis as prescribed by the attending physician
Speech Language Pathology services are those services necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of speech, language and voice disorders resulting in communication disabilities and for the diagnosis and treatment of swallowing disorders (dysphagia), regardless of the presence of a communication disability, to improve the patient’s ability to independently carry out any one or combination of communicative activities of daily living. Speech therapy services are directed towards specific speech/voice production and swallowing function.
- Through coordination and communication with the home health team and physician/patient/caregiver, the speech therapist will:
- Assess, plan, implement and evaluate an individualized patient care plan by:
- Assess and document an initial assessment of a patient’s current level of functioning and rehabilitation needs including the causal factors and the severity of the speech and language disorder and performs periodic re-evaluation.
- Initiate a written care plan including patient-specific goals (revising as necessary).
- Complete a field visit note with each patient contact.
- At each visit, document blood pressure, pulse, respirations, temperature, oxygen level.
- A re-assessment is documented at least once every 30 days. The re-assessment will reset the 30-day count.
- Assist with preparation, implementation and evaluation of the patient care plan if recertifying by day 60.
- On discharge of the patient, complete a discharge summary and document patient discharge instructions.
- Submit all documentation for electronic filing into the patient clinical record:
- Clinical documentation within the electronic record is completed within 24 hours of face to face visit or communications conducted over the phone.
- Complete OASIS data elements at specific time periods:
- Discharge and communicate any significant patient information to other disciplines in order to compliment OASIS data collection.
- Assess documents and reports to the physician in coordination with the supervisory RN, RN Patient Case Manager, the patient’s response to therapy or any changes in the patient’s condition.
- Guide and instruct the patient in prescribed therapeutic and self-care activities that are directed toward improving communication and swallowing functioning.
- Assess and instruct patients and their caregivers in the use of adaptive equipment (artificial larynx, speaking valves, and communication boards).
- Establish a hierarchy of speech - voice - language communication tasks and cueing that directs a patient toward speech-language communication goals in the plan of care.
- Train and guide the patient, family, or other caregiver to augment the speech-language communication or to establish an effective maintenance program.
- Counsel the patient, caregiver, family, and other home health team personnel regarding the patient’s speech therapy goals and progress.
- Provide individual and group co-worker education/in-service programs.
- Assist patients with aphasia in rehabilitation of speech and language skills.
- Assist patients with voice disorders to develop proper control of the vocal and respiratory system for correct voice production.
- Supervise speech trainees and Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) therapists as needed.
- Supervise and direct paraprofessional personnel as needed.
- Participate in the department Performance Improvement Plan.
We’re all unique pieces of a puzzle at Mercy, connected together to create a beautiful picture of health. And being the perfect fit for your role requires a specific set of qualifications that you’ll bring with you:
- Education: Master’s degree in Communication Disorders required.
- Licensure: Missouri State Board of Healing Arts license required, or eligibility for same.
- Certifications: Certificate of Clinical Competency (American Speech and Hearing Association), or eligibility for the same. Must be CPR certified.
- Other: Must be able to respond to emergency situations.
- Preferred Experience: One to two years experience preferred.
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What Makes a Good Match for Mercy
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