COTA (Inpatient Rehab)
Posted on: September 10, 2021
The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant treats patients of
all ages, and serves as a role model in the delivery of
professional services and as a clinical resource for staff and
- Follows the therapist's plan of care. Adjusts the treatment
based on patient response and available evidence only after
communicating with the evaluating therapist and documenting that
communication in the daily note.
- Assists in a patient's occupational profile and performance
through appropriate assessment methods. Describes the expectations
of the patient in their natural environment. Identifies
contraindications and precautions. Obtains information on the
patient's diagnosis or medical condition. Identifies the need for
additional or supplementary information.
- Administers assessments in a uniform manner so as to ensure
findings are valid and reliable. Makes accurate, objective
observations during the evaluation process. Modifies approach and
environment in response to patient behavior, fatigue, and emotional
- Implements intervention plans that are patient-centered,
occupation-based, and modified according to patient response.
Demonstrates a sequential plan of treatment activities, taking into
consideration the functional and emotional needs of the patient and
family and within the allotted time. Adapts activities to meet
physical, cognitive, and/or behavioral limitations. Changes
treatment approach with consideration to the environment and
outcomes being addressed.
- Collaborates with patient, family, and significant others
throughout the occupational therapy process.
- Educates patients, family, caregivers, students, and other
health care providers using relevant and effective teaching
- Actively collaborates with the occupational therapist and seeks
direction with OTR.
- Clearly and accurately articulates the value of occupation as a
method and desired outcome of occupational therapy to others.
- Produces clear, objective, and accurate documentation that uses
professional language, provides support for decisions made, and
provides necessary information to payers.
- Participates in activities addressing quality of service
- Clearly and effectively communicates verbally and nonverbally
with patients, families, significant others, colleagues, service
providers, and the public. Communicates with other team members as
needed regarding patient progress. Serves as a resource for
- Clearly directs support personnel while they are assisting with
patient care or other support functions.
- Implements intervention plans according to the treatment plan
established by the Occupational Therapist, utilizing activities
that are functional in nature and take into consideration the
functional and emotional needs of the patient/family. Modifies
approach in response to patient behavior and performance.
- Utilizes standardized outcomes measures in a uniform manner to
ensure functional performance is accurately reflected.
- Completes documentation in accordance with regulatory and
- Collaborates with patient, family and significant others
throughout the rehabilitation process and provides education/family
training as necessary.
- Communicates with supervising Occupational Therapist when there
are any changes in patient status, change in functional
performance, or requested change to the treatment plan.
- Clearly communicates patient performance, change in status,
activity/transfer recommendations, and recommendations for
discharge disposition and equipment required for the next level of
care with the medical team.
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