"I have peace of mind knowing hospice is always available to help and is here to maintain my quality of life."

Pauline Salazar, Hospice Patient
Bakersfield, CA

Optimal Hospice Foundation


Occupational Therapist


 The Occupational Therapist must be a graduate of an occupational therapy curriculum accredited jointly by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The Occupational Therapist must also be registered with the National Registration Examination of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Must have a current CPR certification and pass a pre-employment physician’s health clearance with a negative TB test.  The Occupational Therapist evaluates the patient’s functional status (muscle function endurance, visual coordination, written and verbal communication skills, self-care ability, work capacity, etc.) and participates in the development of the plan of care.  The therapist develops a treatment program, sets goals, and assesses progress of the patient while communicating with the physician and members of the interdisciplinary team.  Maintains timely and accurate clinical and progress documents and reports any changes in the patient to the physician.  Also trains/educates the patient/family/caretakers in use of prosthetics/orthotic devices.  Adheres to all safety policies and procedures and Standard Precautions.

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