Physical therapy aides are in charge of providing assistance to physical therapists and their patients. They are responsible for helping with set up and clean up after therapy sessions, as well as interacting with patients in a professional, friendly manner. Physical therapy aides may assist with transportation duties and handle administrative responsibilities such as checking patients in, scheduling future visits, and completing insurance authorizations. In all activities, these aides must follow relevant privacy procedures.
Physical therapy aides help with routine therapeutic techniques, handle inventory management tasks, and order supplies as necessary. They participate in infection-control duties for medical equipment and during treatment. Physical therapy aides prepare special equipment for therapy sessions when needed, as well as attend training sessions to update their knowledge on best practices.They administer treatment under the supervision of a certified physical therapist and complete reports based on therapy session notes. These aides generally report to the physical therapist in charge.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required for this position. Experience in a similar position and industry certifications may be required or preferred. Physical therapy aides must have a basic understanding of medical terminology and clinical operations. They should work well in a team setting to effectively provide patient care, but also work well on their own with minimal supervision. These aides must possess excellent interpersonal skills, and they should be organized and able to multitask.
Physical Therapy 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.