DeKalb Health

Occupational Therapist- Per Diem

DeKalb Health is a dynamic organization comprised of over 600 talented and dedicated team members.  Our entire culture is rooted in the patient experience and team member well-being.  As an organization, we have an innate understanding that our ability to provide excellent patient care begins with happy and engaged team members, and we proudly strive to create a work environment that is challenging and rewarding.  With each open position at DeKalb Health, we are presented with an opportunity to add a new member to our growing family, however it is imperative to our success to ensure our new team members possess a positive attitude, an adaptability to change, and the skills/experience necessary to provide our patients and guests with an unmatched experience while they are in our care.  If you are interested in joining a team that appreciates you and recognizes your strengths, please consider applying today, we look forward to meeting you!

General Information
Location  1316 EAST 7TH ST
AUBURN, IN 46706
United States
Employee Type  Call In/Per Diem
Job Category  Home Health Worker

Certified Occupational Therapist- Per Diem


Definition and General Scope:

The Occupational Therapist evaluates and treats patients under orders from the referring physician. The Occupational Therapist evaluates and provides family oriented services to the patient with neurological, musculoskeletal, orthopedic, and cardio-pulmonary impairments; fine motor, sensory motor and developmental delays; as well as traumatic injuries and swallowing disorders. This includes patient and caregiver education; discharge planning; and consultation to other professionals, clinics or agencies. The Occupational Therapist functions in accordance with their State Practice Act and DeKalb Health Hospital and Home Health Care services policies and procedures.



  • Graduate of an accredited Occupational Therapy college
  • Must be currently licensed to practice Occupational Therapy in the state of Indiana
  • CPR certified
  • Previous experience in home health or in a health care setting is recommended but not required
  • Demonstrates competency in applying the principles, methods, materials and equipment necessary in the practice of Occupational therapy.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of regulatory and accreditation standards/requirements

Physical Demands:

  • Strength: Constantly required to push/pull, lift objects less than 50Ibs. Occasionally required to push/pull more than 300Ibs and lifting in excess of 50 lbs.
  • Manual dexterity: Constantly required to perform simple motor skills and manipulative skills such as standing, walking, writing and use of various types of therapeutic and office equipment. Frequently required to perform moderately difficult manipulative skills such as positioning patients and use of more complex office and therapeutic equipment.
  • Coordination: Constantly required to perform gross bodycoordination such as walking, stooping, and standing while performing tasks, carrying and lifting objects.
  • Mobility: Constantly required to walk and stand for long periods of time. Frequently required to remain in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time, such as bending over equipment, counters, tables and squatting.
  • Visual discrimination: Constantly required to see objects at close view to allow reading of instruments, physician orders, computer screens, chart reviews, and measurement tools. Occasionally required to use depth perception and judge distance, size, shape and color of objects.
  • Drive: drive motor vehicle up to 1/3 of work period.
  • Environment: occasionally exposed to outside temperatures of 32 degrees F and less, 100 degrees F and more, wet and humid conditions.


Behavioral Standards: Pleasant personality for interaction with all customers. Strong organizational and time management skills. Self-directed, quality driven, and results oriented. Able to work within a team, to accomplish specific objectives. Demonstrates leadership and interpersonal communication skills. Practices critical thinking and flexibility. Health promotion and maintenance, creating a safe, effective environment, motivating others,


  • Providing initial and ongoing assessment to determine level of functioning
  • Gathers background data, reviews referrals, selects and modifies evaluation tools, and evaluates patients determining the level of patient's physical and psychosocial functioning.
  • Developing and revising the plan of care in consultation with the physician and other care-team members
  • Responsible for planning, evaluation, and treatment implementation of assigned caseload
  • Preparing clinical notes.
  • Supervising therapy assistants and home health aides as appropriate
  • Evaluating outcomes
  • Planning discharges
  • Educate patients and/or families about proper, safe use and recommend methods for installation of adaptive equipment
  • Consistently demonstrates knowledge of and adherence to DeKalb health and department policies and regulatory agencies
  • Attend and participate in required department meetings, as well as other committee meetings as assigned.
  • Participates in the department quality improvement process.
  • Access continuing education opportunities appropriate to discipline and responsibilities.
  • Act in compliance with all regulatory and profession standards and practice guidelines
  • Complete all annual mandatory training and certification requirements
  • Perform other duties as assigned and required to provide quality care to patients and the community.
  • Maintain hospital/department property, supplies, and equipment in a manner that demonstrates ownership and accountability
  • Provides occupational therapy modalities in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
  • Uses appropriate pain management modalities that include, but are not limited to, occupational therapy modalities.
  • Maintains current knowledge of community resources. Identifies and accesses appropriate external and internal resources to meet patient and /or family needs and to facilitate optimal patient outcomes while home care services are being provided, and for transfers and discharge processes.

Mission/Hospital and Department Standards:

  • Demonstrates organizational awareness and commitment
  • Knows and understands hospital/department mission in relation to own job description
  • Protects and honors customer and coworker confidentiality
  • Demonstrates cooperation with scheduling request to meet department needs
  • Consistently adheres to department dress code
  • Recommends and/or supports changes to policies, procedures, and processes.


Communication Skills:


  • Utilizes listening skills that indicate understanding and promotes accurate interpretation of others concerns, motivations, and feelings
  • Recognizes the influences of beliefs and cultures on behaviors and accepts strengths and limitation in others.
  • Recognizes when others are in need of information, assistance, or direction and consistently offers and provides help
  • Works toward resolution of interpersonal conflicts as they arise
  • Attends and participates positively in meetings
  • Acknowledges others verbally and non-verbally promptly and courteously
  • Follows appropriate phone etiquette


Problem Solving:


  • Exhibits critical thinking abilities and applies for continuous improvement of service in the hospital/department.
  • Uses own knowledge and experience base and other resources as necessary to make logical decisions and solve problems
  • Continuously analyzes work process and makes suggestions for improvement
  • Utilizes developmental-stage appropriate interventions in planning care for newborn, pediatric, adult and geriatric patients.
  • Utilizes apocopate educational materials and communication skills base upon age-specific criteria