The Speech-Language Pathologist provides diagnosis for patients/residents with communication disorders and swallowing deficits, treatment planning & implementation, as well as preparing reports detailing progress. Consult with rehab team in order to coordinate the most effective Speech-Language program.
The Speech-Language Pathologist contributes to the accomplishment of Speech-Language Pathologist practices and objectives that will provide a high-performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity and standards, and goal attainment.
- Provides differential diagnosis for patients/residents with speech, language, and swallowing disorders. Provides written reports to both contracted facility or agency and patient/resident’s physician.
- Maintain high level of communication with Dietary Supervisor and nursing staff with all dysphasia patients to ensure safe environment and diet.
- Establishes and carries out treatment programs on the basis of the diagnostics information available which will meet the patient’s functional communicative needs.
- Educational instruction to the patient/resident, family, and appropriate restorative personnel regarding the communication disorder to facilitate recovery.
- Interacts regularly with other members of the rehabilitation team and nursing staff on the patient’s treatment plan, progress, and prognosis.
- Develops appropriate home and community programming to maintain and enhance the performance of the patient in their environment.
- Terminates service when benefit has been achieved.
- Maintains good rapport with all significant administrative and restorative nursing personnel to facilitate a good communication and coordination of treatment program.
- Assures that all required written documentation is completed and appropriately placed on a timely basis.
- Complies with established agency standards and evaluation compliance.
- Submits logs and all billing information on a timely basis.
- Reports any problem areas within each facility to the appropriate supervisor immediately.
- Provides necessary training and guidance to intern students/Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow.
- Supervise and maintain communication with the student during the internship development to make the connection between the students and the company as needed.
- Provide the student intern(s), training of clearly defined responsibilities that complement the student’s academic program.
- Set a schedule with the intern that accommodates the number of hours needed to be fulfilled for the amount of credit being earned. The student intern(s) are responsible of tracking his/her hours.
- Keep the number of clerical duties assigned to a minimum so that the student intern benefits the program. Duties should be hands-on, career-related responsibilities.
- Inform the student about any and all company/organizational guidelines, policies and any safety issues during orientation.
- Act as a mentor to the student intern(s), bridging the theoretical book knowledge along with hands-on practical applications resulting in specific learning outcomes.
- Provide the student intern(s) with daily or weekly feedback on the student intern’s progress and assess the appropriateness of the student intern’s duties.
- Complete the performance evaluation provided by the internship faculty at the school.
- Provide the Human Resources Department with the completed performance evaluation forms to be sent to the student’s school accordingly.
- Comply with the State Licensing Board of California, Title 22, CMS, and California Labor Board Guidelines.
- Provides necessary training and guidance to students as needed.
- Must comply with company rules, policies and procedures
- Must comply with safety rules, policies, and procedures
- Assumes other duties as assigned.
Physical Job Description:
These physical demands are representative to the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the Speech-Language Pathologist job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the Speech-Language Pathologist job.
- See projects through to completion.
- Recommend and implement improvements to processes increasing efficiency.
- Mathematical ability sufficient to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and figure averages.
- Ability to communicate effectively by telephone and in meetings and discussions.
Essential Physical Tasks:
- Ability to bend, reaches, or assists to transfer up to 100 lbs.
- Ability to stand and/or work 80% of an 8-hour shift.
- Visual and hearing acuity to perform job-related functions.
- Tongue depressant
- Thickener for liquids
- Lemon swab
- Flash Cards
- Cognitive skill handouts and cards
- Other items to optimize the oral motor and safe swallow strategies.
- Computer keyboard
- Skilled nursing facility setting
- No unusual exposures.
- Safety precautions must be taken at all times.
- Licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the State of California.
- Must have valid CPR certification
- Must have a completed physical examination from a licensed physician.
- Must have a negative TB skin test within the past year OR a clear Chest X-ray within the past five years.
Knowledge, skills and Experience:
To perform the Speech-Language Pathologist job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. These requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skill, and ability required of the company Speech-Language Pathologist. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Entry-level to Experienced.
- Excellent computer skills, including Word and Excel in a Microsoft Windows environment.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Able to exhibit a high level of confidentiality.
- Travel as needed.
- Must be able to gather, analyze information timely and skillfully.