Physical Therapist Aides
They care for people who suffer from injury or disease.
$13.47 per hour on average
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|Education & Training
Short-term on-the-job training (1 month or less) is common.
|Related Programs (Current training programs available)
|On the Job
- Keep treatment areas clean and organized.
- Instruct and assist patients with exercises to improve functioning and mobility. Follow directions of medical staff.
- Secure patients to therapy equipment.
- Help patients to and from treatment areas.
- Perform clerical tasks, such as answering the phone, ordering supplies, or filling out forms.
- Maintain equipment and furniture.
- Change linens, such as bed sheets and pillow cases.
- Organize treatment supplies.
- Help feed residents and bathe residents on bed rest.
- Assist patients with dressing, and putting on and removing supportive devices.
- Help assistants evaluate patients to determine effects of treatments.
- Help assistants administer traction to relieve neck and back pain.
- May record patients' responses to treatment and report them to the physical therapist.
- May record which treatments were given and the equipment used.
- May fit patients for braces and other supportive devices, such as crutches.
- May train patients to use equipment such as braces, prostheses, or crutches.
- May help with treatments such as massage or heat or cold packs.
- May help with electrical treatments, such as electrical stimulation or ultrasound.
- Confer with physical therapists and other staff about treatment plans for patients.
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