SPEECH THERAPIST (ST)
Job Title/Position: Speech-Language Pathologist
Reports To: Clinical Supervisor
JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY
The speech-language pathologist is responsible for implementation of standards of care for speech language pathology
services and for adherence to all conditions in the Service Agreement.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Conducts appropriate evaluative procedures, assesses home environment (as appropriate), identifies equipment needs
relative to speech/language function.
2. Identifies functional speech defects and establishes goals and plan of care to improve patient's function and participates in
the development of the plan of care.
3. Administers speech therapy program utilizing specialized therapeutic technique and/or equipment.
4. Recommends communication devices/aids as indicated.
5. Confers with referring physician and other organization personnel to ensure coordinated and comprehensive care with the
6. As appropriate, participates in case conferences, inservices and other meetings required to ensure coordinated and comprehensive care.
7. Prepares and submits clinical and progress records per office policy or federal/state regulations.
8. Maintains clinical competency in speech language pathology practice and theory.
9. Instructs patient and family/caregiver and other team members in the patient's treatment regime as indicated.
10. Performs other duties as required to facilitate the delivery of speech language pathology services and swallowing assistive services.
11. Participates in peer consultation process and quality management. Participates in orientation for hospice personnel.
12. May supervise hospice aide in procedures directly related to the speech-language therapy plan of care.
The above statements are only meant to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by
incumbents of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those stated in this description.
1. Possesses a degree that includes an internship from an approved masters program in Speech-Language Pathology, or as
required by applicable law and/or regulation.
2. Meets the education and experience requirements for a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology,
granted by the American Speech-language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
3. Is certified to practice Speech-Language Pathology.
4. A minimum of one year's clinical experience in Speech-Language Pathology.
5. Demonstrates good verbal and written communication, and organization skills.
6. Understands hospice philosophy and focus of patient care is comfort and maintenance of self in current residence.