A rehabilitation aide must work to assist a physical therapist and provide the best experience possible for patients receiving therapy. He/she prepares, cleans and maintains the work area as well as disinfect equipment after each use in preparation for the next patient. A rehabilitation aide must also be able to perform a number of other tasks including transporting patients to and from treatment areas, performing clerical duties, taking inventory, ordering and stocking supplies, answering the telephone and taking messages to ensure everything is in order and prepared for the physical therapist. He/she must be professional and capable of interacting with patients in order to insure the most efficient therapy experience.
A rehabilitation aide must be capable of working closely with a physical therapist, occupation therapist, rehab team member, and other rehabilitation aides. Rehabilitation aides mainly work indoors in a clinic or rehabilitation center. They must be able to lift heavy equipment, be active and on their feet for long periods of time, as well as be able to bear the weight of patients if necessary. While extensive education and certification is not required, having at least a high school diploma is strongly recommended. The hours and schedule of rehabilitation aides vary depending on the scheduling of clients. They may work long shifts all day, or shifts of a couple of hours at a time. The hours may vary from morning to night.
Rehabilitation Aide Tasks
- Transport patients to and from treatment areas, using wheelchairs or providing standing support.
- Prepare, clean and maintain work area and disinfect equipment after treatment.
- Perform clerical duties; take inventory, order and stock supplies, answer telephone, take messages and complete forms.
- Under close supervision of a physical therapist, occupation therapist or rehab team member prepare the patient and administer treatment therapy.