Provide skilled therapy intervention and treatment to patients in the home
setting. This care includes appropriate
utilization of treatment plans and assessment skills. Careful monitoring of the patient’s status,
progress toward goals, and compliance with physicians orders are essential
components of this position. Speech
language pathologists are responsible for teaching patients and their
caregivers while preparing the patient and/or family for discharge as
- Graduate of an accredited college with a Master’s degree majoring in speech pathology
with a current license.
- Holds a certificate of clinical competence and licensure granted by the American
Speech and Hearing Association.
- Minimum of two years speech pathology experience.
The person in this position must be able to perform the following essential job
functions with or without reasonable accommodations.
- Provide services in speech pathology or audiology in accordance with the physician’s
plan of care.
- Assist the physician in assessing the client’s level of functioning and the
development (and revise as necessary) of the plan of care by applying
appropriate tests for speech, hearing and language disorders.
- Record and report the client’s reaction to treatment and any changes in the client’s
condition to the physician and/or the Director of Nurses.
- Instruct and advise the client, family, and other health team personnel in the phases of
speech pathology in which they may assist the client.
- Recommend hearing tests by audiologist when necessary. Checks hearing aids.
- Assess the client’s communication, oral-motor integrity, cognitive status, memory,
problem solving activities, hearing, speech fluency, and quality.
- Cooperate and consult with appropriate staff to provide education when requested and
arranged by the Director of Nursing.
- Evaluate and regularly re-evaluate the speech pathology needs of the client; initiate,
develop, implement and make necessary revisions to the client’s plan of care.
- Initiate diagnostic, preventive, and rehabilitative procedures as appropriate to the
client’s care and safety. Make referrals to other disciplines as indicated by the needs of the client or document rationale for not doing so.
- Observe signs and symptoms and report changes in the client’s condition to the physician and/or Director
- Teach, supervise, and counsel the client and family regarding home procedures and
other care needs as appropriate to the client’s condition. Use agency educational
material as appropriate.
- Coordinate the total plan of care and maintain continuity of care by communicating with
other health professionals. Attend client care conferences. Initiate client care conferences for complex and/or multidisciplinary clients when needed or helpful to ensure good coordination of
- Keep abreast of speech therapy trends and knowledge through seminars, CEU’s,
self-study and workshops.
- Participate in in-service programs.
- Prepare the patient and/or family for discharge as appropriate.