What does a Physical Therapy Aide do?
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A physical therapy aide works under direct supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant. They do tasks that are indirectly related to patient care like cleaning equipment, setting up treatment areas, doing clerical duties, and moving patients who require assistance from one place to another for treatment sessions.
How to Become a Physical Therapy Aide
A physical therapy aide usually has a high school diploma. Their employer’s typically provide on-the-job training normally lasting up to 1 month. Many employers prefer an applicant to have some computer skills and be compassionate towards ill or injured individuals.
Job Description of a Physical Therapy Aide
A physical therapy aide must work under the direct supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant. They work indirectly with patient care with responsibilities that would include transporting patients from their rooms to therapy gyms, preparing a patient for therapy, and helping therapist when asked for assistance. They are expected to keep the treatment area clean and gather equipment when necessary.
They also perform several other tasks such as scheduling treatment sessions, filling out insurance forms, or ordering supplies when needed. They maintain equipment, keep it in working condition, adjust, and/or assemble or disassemble equipment and accessories for patients adaptive equipment or wheelchairs.
A physical therapy aide may lift heavy patients and be vulnerable to back injuries without proper protection. They can most often be found working in offices of speech, occupational and physical therapist, audiologist, hospitals, and some even work in residential and nursing facilities.