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Job Title: Massage Therapist
Department: Clinical Services
Reports to: Director of Clinical Services
Next Review Date: 03/2017
Job Description Details
Statement of Position/Position Summary
This position will be responsible for providing massage therapy to patients in accordance with the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) Plan of Care, initiating massage therapy programs and instructing other staff members and family members of these programs.
Qualifications and Education requirements
  • Currently registered in accordance with local and state laws as a massage therapist in MN.
  • Two years recent (within the past five years) experience in acute, long-term care or home care/hospice, with at least one in hospice or homecare preferred.
  • Must be able to work independently, have demonstrated patient teaching skills and strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency and a working knowledge of Microsoft programs required.
  • Valid MN Drivers License and daily access to a reliable and insured vehicle.
  • Belief in the hospice concept.
Position Role and Responsibilities
  • Perform assessments, evaluations, and establish therapeutic and function goals for patients and caregivers related to massage therapy in accordance with the interdisciplinary plan of care.
  • Direct and perform massage therapy procedures in consultation with the patient, family and/or caregiver.
  • Maintain up to date patient records to ensure that problems, plans, interventions, and goals are accurately and clearly stated and changes are reflected as they occur.
  • Participate in the interdisciplinary team (IDT) meeting to establish, review and revise the plan of care for each patient, including exchange of information, review of problems, and sharing of professional support.
  • Responsible for maintenance of electronic medical records, assuring accuracy, completeness and compliance with regulations, certification standards, legal and ethical standards.
  • Identify and address comfort care needs.
  • Support, instruct and educate the patient, family, and caregiver regarding massage techniques.
  • Maintain the dignity of the dying patient.
  • Provide holistic, family-centered care across treatment settings to improve the quality of life.
  • Consult and collaborate with the interdisciplinary team and others involved in the patients care.
  • Provide care consistent with National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization standards of practice for hospice programs.
Agency Expectations
  • Adhere to all Seasons Hospice policies and procedures.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality of all information pertaining to patients, families, and staff and adhere to all HIPAA rules.
  • Display a positive and professional image and attitude in all relationships with patients, families, peers and in the community.
  • Serve as an ambassador for Seasons Hospice at all times.
  • Provide verbal and written performance evaluations for assigned staff members, including peer and self evaluation.
  • Demonstrate ongoing responsibility for self education.
  • Assume responsibility for the promotion of the hospice concept in the community and with other agencies and professionals.
  • Participate in the Quality Assessment Performance Improvement Program (QAPI), as requested.
  • Maintains patient and personal safety regarding occupational health and safety.
  • Participate in safety program, as requested:
  • Participate in employee job safety analysis to eliminate hazards and prevent accidents.
  • Cooperate to investigate employee injuries.
  • Promote and support safety awareness and implement safety operations.
  • Encourage staff to make suggestions on safety practices.
  • Participate in orientation of new employees.
  • Participate in volunteer orientations, training and education as requested.
  • Participate in orientation and supervision for students seeking experience in hospice care.
  • Attend regularly scheduled department meetings and agency meetings.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
ADA Requirements (essential functions)
Physical Requirements
Lifting More than 25 lbs, routinely
More than 50 lbs, occasionally
Transfer 150 lb. or greater patient weight
Sitting 4 - 5 hours/day
Standing 2 - 4 hour/day
Walking 1 - 2 hours/day
Bend, stoop, squat, and/or twist Repeatedly throughout day
Reaching 1 hour/day – arms ­ shoulder level
Repeated prolonged use of hands Repeatedly throughout day
Use of telephone 2 - 3 hours/day
Working under pressure 3 – 4 hours/day
Working rapidly for long periods 2 - 3 hours/day
Use of keyboard/computer, printer, fax, copier 4 – 5 hours/day
Position requires close work; finger dexterity; adequate hearing and vision (with or without correction).
May occasionally work longer than 8 hours/day. Must have ability to work long hours and tolerate some variability in work hours.
Cognitive or Mental Requirements
The following cognitive or mental requirements are necessary on a daily basis:
  • Critical thinking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Drawing conclusions from written or computer generated materials
  • Analyzing data or report information
  • Creating methodologies for accomplishing a goal
  • Conducting research
  • Implementing recommendations by coordinating persons and/or other resources
  • Developing plans, procedures, goals, strategies, or processes
  • Clear verbal articulation
Working Environment
  • Indoors, performing patient cares or at a desk for majority of the day
  • Travel required ; will require transportation to get to various work sites
  • Possible exposure to communicable diseases
  • Skin contact with solvents or other chemicals such as alcohol, acetone, detergents, bleach, and latex gloves
  • Exposure to medical equipment with the risk of lacerations or punctures
  • Additional Notes
This job description is only a summary and is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required by the employee. This document is subject to change at any time.
Created by: Michelle Donahue – Director of Human Resources Date: February 2016
Approved by: Beverly Haynes – Executive Director Date: February 2016