Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Clinicians

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  1. I've never worked in a nursing home or with older adults. I don't know much about geropsychology. Do you help me get started?
  2. What do I do as a clinician in a nursing home?
  3. Working with Medicare is confusing. I haven't a clue about what is required. Do you help with this?
  4. I've heard that paperwork is a huge burden in this type of setting. What is it like with SLC?
  5. Would I work full time or do you have part-time positions? Would I be a consultant or an employee?
  6. Where do I get more information regarding current employment opportunities with SLC?

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I've never worked in a nursing home or with older adults. I don't know much about geropsychology. Do you help me get started?

Often, new clinicians who join Senior Life Consultants, Inc. (SLC) have never worked with this population of seriously medically ill and/or older clients. SLC provides as much orientation, training, and ongoing clinical consultation as our clinicians need and want. An experienced clinician is always available for consultation and is only a phone call away.

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What do I do as a clinician in a nursing home?

Your primary duties will be assessment and treatment of residents in the facility. Family therapy for the benefit of the resident is also possible, and you will sometimes work with families to achieve treatment goals. Another activity will be working with facility staff to ensure they are aware of  treatment goals and what they can do to assist the resident in reaching those goals. This is truly an opportunity to do milieu treatment. Occasionally, you will have the opportunity to present educational seminars or conduct in-service training of facility staff.

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Working with Medicare is confusing. I haven't a clue about what is required. Do you help with this?

We do ongoing documentation review and feedback is provided so that clinicians have a good understanding of what is expected by Medicare. In addition, SLC works closely with the Ohio Psychological Association in its efforts to shape Medicare policy and to stay informed of the latest interpretations of policy. 

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I've heard that paperwork is a huge burden in this type of setting. What is it like with SLC?

Paperwork is kept to a minimum with one document often serving multiple purposes. For example, each progress note serves as the clinical record, the billing form, and the payroll form. The SLC office acts as a buffer between clinicians and insurance. We do the insurance verification and work with facility staff to ensure that necessary authorizations are signed and that billing and referral information is obtained before you get to the facility. If a session is denied, SLC pays the clinician for providing the service. However, it is important that documentation (e.g., service provided and 90-day treatment plans) be complete and done in a timely way.

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Would I work full time or do you have part-time positions? Would I be a consultant or an employee?

SLC is very flexible in its job arrangements. We have both full time and part time positions (you could work as little as half a day) available and we provide services to facilities over much of Ohio (see the map). You would work as an employee of SLC, and you would be paid by the number of billable hours you provide.

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Where do I get more information regarding current employment opportunities with SLC?

Please view the areas in Ohio where we currently have a need on the website, or call our office at (614) 792-1108.

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