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ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AIDE

Company: Hospital for Special Care
Location: New Britain
Posted on: November 20, 2022

Job Description:

+ QUALIFICATIONS

+ Required: Enrolled in a healthcare related program with one years' experience working with individuals with disabilities in a healthcare setting.

+ Required: Clear and appropriate interpersonal and communication skills

+ Required: Ability to read, write and understand instructions in English

+ Valid Driver's License

+ Required: Demonstrated proficiency with computers and system management

+ JOB SUMMARY

+ The assistive technology aide provides support to the rehab. therapy team in providing patients with opportunities to communicate, learn and access their environment and activities via technology. The assistive technology aide's duties include both direct and indirect patient care tasks as assigned by a therapist. Responsibilities may include: equipment ordering/repair, equipment maintenance/trouble shooting, technical support with support personnel such as vendors and engineering staff. Development and set up of customized features of equipment in patient care areas. Training of family members and staff related to specialty equipment. Inventory and organization of equipment and supplies and other therapeutic tasks deemed appropriate.

+ PHYSICAL DEMANDS

+ Ability to assist with re-positioning of patients following care for set up of adaptive equipment/assistive technology equipment

+ Endurance for up to one and one-half hour periods of constant sitting and one hour periods of independent mobility.

+ Ability to lift or carry objects up to 10 pounds continuously, to 20 pounds frequently, to 40 pounds frequently for patient transfer

+ Ability to push/pull up to 50 pounds frequently throughout the day for patient transport and mobility activities

+ Frequent need to initiate body positional changes to access equipment from high and low areas and while providing treatment interventions.

+ Intact vision needed for observation of patient's non-verbal responses and skin assessment. Must be able to initiate and interpret communication with patient and others.

+ COGNITIVE DEMANDS

+ Job requires the application of previously acquired knowledge. It also requires flexibility of thought, reasoning, organizational skills and the ability to act in some new or unfamiliar situations. Selective attention and concentration are necessary to complete tasks.

+ Ability to report patient response, reaction and behavior through written and oral communication

+ Must be able to initiate and interpret communication with patient and others

+ Job requires an ability to comprehend lengthy messages or paragraphs and to follow multistage and three step commands.

+ ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

+ Obtains, organizes, cleans and competently utilizes equipment and supplies. Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventative maintenance requirements; following manufacturer; trouble shooting malfunctions; calling for repairs.

+ Provides set up and break down of assistive technology equipment according to patient needs

+ Provides services to patients including set up, utilization of and break down of assistive technology equipment as directed.

+ Maintains accurate logs of all equipment, monitoring for available stock, and assisting with equipment set up for treatment sessions as directed.

+ Provides carryover for swallowing and specialized feeding programs acting as a resource for

frontline staff as needed

+ Assistance and practice in patient utilization of the specialty equipment under the direction of the therapist.

+ Observes and reports changes in patient condition to appropriate team members.

+ Prioritizes and completes tasks utilizing hospital policies and procedures/protocols requesting guidance as needed

+ Work with a variety of assistive technology equipment to support patient utilization acting as a resource for maintenance and troubleshooting of high and low tech. devices.

Keywords: Hospital for Special Care, New Britain , ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AIDE, IT / Software / Systems , New Britain, Connecticut

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