Speech & Lang Pathologist SNF
Posted on: May 16, 2022
Overview:Make Lives Better Including Your Own.
Relationships and integrity are the heart of our culture. They help
us create a welcoming and inclusive community among our residents,
associates and patients that feels like family. They guide us to be
open in our communication with each other, and enable us to make
the right decisions for the people who have entrusted us with their
care. Our relationships and integrity work together to create a
positive impact in the lives of the people we touch.
The happiness of those we serve is dependent on the happiness of
our associates, so you'll receive a competitive compensation and
benefits package with additional perks designed to make you smile.
The work you do will be challenging yet rewarding. You'll earn more
than a paycheck; you can find opportunities to grow your career
through professional development, as well as ongoing programs
catered to your overall health and wellness - physical, mental,
emotional, and financial. Most of all, we believe you can find
purpose, meaning, and the chance to be a part of something bigger
If you want to work in an environment where you can become your
best possible self, join us!
Veterans, transitioning active duty military personnel, and
military spouses are encouraged to apply.
We believe that in order to best serve our residents and patients,
we need to first serve our associates. One way we do that is
through our benefits. Our offerings include, but are not limited
Full-time and part-time associate benefits:
- 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
- Benefit plan package
- Pre-tax Commuter Benefit
- Associate Compassion Fund
- Associate Discounts
- Identity theft protection
- Pet savings and insurance plans
- Voluntary benefits available
Full-time associate benefits:
- Extensive Insurance Plans, including medical, dental, vision,
flexible spending account, health savings account and more.
- Paid Time Off
- Adoption Benefit
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Company-provided life insurance and accidental death and
- Voluntary STD and LTD
Please note, Brookdale has adopted a policy requiring all
associates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to
limited exemptions based on medical conditions, sincerely held
religious beliefs, or applicable state laws and
regulations.Responsibilities:Delivers high quality speech-language
pathology services to patients with speech, language, voice,
fluency and swallowing disorders, including screening, assessment,
treatment, program planning and implementation. Improves patients'
communication skills through vocal exercises and cognitive
therapies. May select alternative communication systems and teach
their use. Promotes rehab services within the Community, attends
meetings and care conferences, performs administrative and billing
duties within specified guidelines and timeframes. Demonstrates
personal and professional work behaviors which promote the practice
of speech-language pathology within the Community. Adheres to
applicable principles and practices of speech-language pathology,
Brookdale policy and procedures and State / Federal regulations.
Optimizes communication, cognitive and swallowing skills of
patients by performing the following tasks: screening, initiating
referrals; evaluating and treating appropriate patients;
effectively participating in the care planning process;
appropriately documenting progress toward identified objectives and
communicating patient status and needs to the patient, the
patient's family, the staff and other professionals as
- Conducts evaluations using standardized tests, specifically
selected to assess the individual patient after thorough review of
the resident's medical record, in order to determine patients'
baseline status and identify impairments, functional deficits and
potential to improve based on normative data.
- Establishes individual patient plan of care, based on current
evidence, to optimally address patient-specific goals and to comply
with service delivery parameters in accordance with the Resident
Assessment Instrument (RAI) Manual, Managed Care Contract or other
guidelines specific to skilled nursing and rehabilitation.
- Develops treatment plans by identifying a problem list,
including long and short-term goals and methods to achieve
identified goals. Confers formally and informally with the
physician and other team members in coordinating the total
rehabilitation program of the patient.
- Coordinates treatment plan with patient, family and other team
members. Implements and conducts skilled treatment as outlined in
the treatment plan. Monitors patient's response to intervention and
modifies treatment as indicated to attain goals in accordance with
physician's orders. Adapts treatment to meet the individual needs
of the patient.
- Recommends and obtains appropriate equipment to improve
patient's communication. Instructs patient, family and staff in use
of augmentative communication devices.
- Instructs patient, family and staff in appropriate speech
language procedures or home program to allow carryover of
therapeutic remediation and goals in daily activities.
- Participates in transition / discharge planning.
- Reviews the quality and appropriateness of the total services
delivered and of individual speech language pathology programs for
effectiveness and efficiency, using predetermined criteria.
- Utilizes the Community electronic medical record to review the
patient's medical chart, complete forms such as patient screens,
physician orders, transition documentation. Documents evaluation,
treatment encounter notes, progress reports, re-certifications,
discharge notes and other required patient data in the Therapy
electronic medical record. Utilizes guidelines for skilled
- Submits billing, payroll and expense documentation in an
accurate and timely manner meeting all regulatory guidelines.
Assists in the collection of statistics as directed.
- Adheres to Brookdale policies and procedures. Complies with all
Infection Control, Universal Precautions, and OSHA standards for
the healthcare professional. Assists with and participates in
Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Programs as required.
Adheres to established confidentiality standards as required by
Brookdale concerning patient information.
- Attends in-service training, as well as, provides education to
members of the patient care team and members of the community.
- Consistently demonstrates sound judgement in the evaluation,
planning, implementation and follow-up of patient therapy
- Demonstrates strong interpersonal and communication
- Assumes responsibility for ongoing continuing education and
- Complies with Human Resource policies including, but not
limited to, maintaining professional licensure in good standing,
staying current for personnel file items (TB Test, CPR
Certification, etc.), complying with State / Federal / Brookdale
wage and hour law regulations, device management and Learning
Management System (LMS) completion.
This job description represents an overview of the responsibilities
for the above referenced position. It is not intended to represent
a comprehensive list of responsibilities. An associate should
perform all duties as assigned by his/her
supervisor.Qualifications:Education and Experience
Master's or Doctorate Degree in Speech Language Pathology from an
accredited program required. Previous speech language pathology
Certifications, Licenses, and Other Special Requirements
Current license to practice speech language pathology within the
state. Certificate of Clinical Competency or eligibility for
Clinical Fellowship Year.
Uses limited independent judgment to make decisions based on
precedents and established guidelines. Solves problems using
standard procedures and precedents. Knows when to refer issues to
supervisor and when to handle them personally.
Knowledge and Skills
Has a working knowledge of a skill or discipline that requires
basic analytic ability. Has an overall understanding of the work
environment and process. Has a working knowledge of the
organization. Basic computer software. Excellent verbal and written
communication skills required. Ability to work holidays and
weekends as operation demands. Ability to maintain the highest
standards of ethical professional and clinical judgment. Ability to
address staff and patients in a courteous and friendly manner as
well as accept constructive criticism. Must be willing to
communicate with patients of various levels of functioning and
various types of personalities. Willingness to communicate
perceived physical and emotional needs of patients to other skilled
staff to assist with addressing their care needs.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
- Use hands and fingers to handle or feel
- Reach with hands and arms
- Climb or balance
- Stoop, kneel, crouch crawl
- Talk or hear
- Taste or smell
- Ability to lift: up to 50 pounds
- Requires interaction with co-workers, residents or vendors
- Occasional weekend, evening or night work if needed to ensure
- On-Call on an as needed basis
- Possible exposure to communicable diseases and infections
- Potential injury from transferring, repositioning, or lifting
- Exposure to latex
- Possible exposure to blood-borne pathogens
- Possible exposure to various drugs, chemical, infectious, or
- Subject to injury from falls, burns, odors, or cuts from
- Requires Travel: OccasionallyBrookdale is an equal opportunity
employer and a drug-free workplace.
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