A physical therapist aide works closely with a physical therapist to provide sufficient care for their patients. This position is employed in a variety of health care environments, including hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and doctor’s offices. Although it typically keeps daytime office hours, many aides may be required to work additional hours. This is a field that typically does not require formal education, though many employers in this area recommend completion of a physical therapy aide program and may offer on-the-job training. Many employers recommend additional physical therapy/fitness courses, as well.
A physical therapist aide will have a wide array of responsibilities, including: maintaining cleanliness and safety of all areas; organization of the area; setting up equipment; various administrative duties; accessing patient information; assisting patients in and out of appropriate areas; maintaining accurate and confidential records; offering aid to patients; supporting or lifting patients; and ensuring the overall health and safety of everyone involved on a daily basis.
Applicants should possess strong interpersonal skills, as well as a general upbeat and attentive attitude. This person should be passionate about their work and the progress of the patients and able to multi-task, as several projects may occur at once. He/she should also be socially perceptive, an active listener, and persuasive to patients; sometimes, they only need that little extra push.
Physical Therapist Aide Tasks
Prepare, clean and maintain work area and disinfect equipment after treatment.
Under close supervision of a physical therapist or assistant perform select tasks in preparing the patient and administering treatment therapy.
Perform clerical duties; take inventory, order and stock supplies, answer telephone, take messages and complete forms.
Transport patients to and from treatment areas, using wheelchairs or providing standing support.