Responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating Speech Therapy services for patients in concert with the total care plan. The Speech Pathologist directs other team members, patients, families in procedures designed to improve patient’s communicative, cognition, and swallow abilities
Accountabilities/Essential Job Functions:
Assess the Patient’s speech therapy needs:
1. Obtain a medical history
2. Evaluate the patient’s speech, language, cognition, and swallowing abilities using standardized procedures when appropriate; evaluate need of hearing assessment and make appropriate recommendations.
3. Assess the home environment to determine and make adaptations as needed for the ease and safety of care in order to provide maximal independence.
4. Evaluate the patient’s condition, family and home situation to determine what assistance will be available from family members in caring for the patient and determine if additional services/resources are needed.
Develop an individualized therapy plan:
1. Utilize the assessment data to develop a care plan.
2. Consult with appropriate disciplines and request their involvement in care.
3. Consult with the physician and obtain consent to proceed with treatment plan.
4. Assure implementation of the therapy plan:
Documentation and Multidisciplinary Communication
1. Chart therapy services rendered using the SOAP format
2. Communicate patient care and progress in case conferences
3. Evaluate and update the therapy plan
Perform other duties as assigned.
Education/Training: Master’s degree in Speech Pathology or CFY training. Training and experience in the administration and interpretation of results of a recognized, standardized procedure for the differential diagnosis of aphasia; dysarthria, dysphagia, apraxia, and other problems properly referred to the Speech Pathologist; and a working knowledge of appropriate treatment procedures for these disorders.
Experience: One year of experience diagnosing and treating neurogenic problems is preferred. Candidates should have inpatient rehabilitation and/or SNF experience working with clinets with a variety of diagnosis including dementia and neurological disorders.
License/Certification: Membership in the American Speech and Hearing Association; qualifications for the Certificate of Clinical Competence
Skills: A basic knowledge of audiology, including experience in audiometric procedure sufficient to administer and interpret a hearing examination. Knowledge of hearing-aid fitting, auditory training and lip reading is desirable.