A rehabilitation director (also known as a director of rehabilitation, or DOR), serves as the team leader for a group of professionals who comprise a facility's rehabilitation department. They are generally responsible for overseeing the rehabilitation department's financial affairs, as well as the hiring and maintenance of the rehabilitation team. In smaller facilities, the rehabilitation director may also have direct contact with patients and serve as a hands-on member of the rehabilitation team.
Rehabilitation directors are generally employed by large facilities that over rehabilitative care, such as nursing homes, hospitals, and therapy practices. They are generally required to hold at least a bachelor's degree in a related field, such as physical, occupational, or speech therapy; leadership experience in a rehabilitation environment is preferred. Good communication abilities are crucial for this position, as rehabilitation directors need to be able to report effectively to higher management and support their subordinates (and, in some cases, patients) on a daily basis.
The work of a rehabilitation director typically is mostly mental, unless they work in a facility where they have direct patient contact. A typical day for a rehabilitation director might consist of interviewing potential new hires for the physical therapy team, conducting reviews for existing staff such as occupational therapists, overseeing or conducting in-service training for rehabilitation aides, and reporting to senior management about the current financial situation. Most rehabilitation directors work standard 40-hour week during regular business hours, though this may vary from facility to facility, especially depending on the amount of hands-on patient work required.
Rehabilitation Director Tasks
- Oversee, plan and direct the rehabilitation program including PT, OT, and speech/language therapists.
- Oversee departmental staff operations, business planning and budget development.
- Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
- Ensure services are in compliance with professional and clinical competency standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.