Physical Therapy Aide

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Westerly, RI
Feb 21, 2019


Job Description

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.


Carries out departmental support duties and such treatment programs or portions thereof as are delegated and supervised the supervisor or staff therapists.

  • 1. Demonstrates competence in physical and occupational therapy modalities and procedures in accordance with policies as outlined in department manuals.
  • 1.1. Demonstrates competence with use of equipment in department appropriate for aide application.
  • 1.2. Applies modalities in proper manner and properly adjusts and sets equipment prior to use by patient according to therapist's instructions.
  • 1.3. Demonstrates awareness of precautions and contraindications for modalities.
  • 1.4. Monitors patient tolerance/ response and appropriately notifies supervising therapist.
  • 2. Demonstrates responsibility for ordering, stocking, and maintaining supplies for outpatient department.
  • 2.1. Stocks linen neatly in cabinets throughout the department.
  • 2.2. Maintains supplies of clinic supplies including electrodes, theraband and tubing, paraffin wax, ultrasound lotion, hot packs, cold packs, etc.
  • 2.3. Responsible for receipt of items ordered, and maintains organized files of purchase orders and packing slips
  • 2.4. Notifies director of special order needs and problems with orders placed.
  • 3. Assists in, and/or prepares set up for treatments such as whirlpool, hot packs, cold packs, exercise, fluidotherapy, paraffin, ultrasound, electrical stimulation.
  • 3.1. Greets patients and assists with dressing/ undressing as needed; assists on and off equipment as directed by therapist. Always greets/ treats patients in courteous and respectful manner.
  • 3.2. Positions patients correctly and comfortable, draping as necessary.
  • 3.3. Exhibits basic knowledge of treatments being given.
  • 3.4. Follows directions and technique of therapists accurately.
  • 4. Maintains treatment areas in clean and orderly condition.
  • 4.1. Removes and replaces used linen promptly.
  • 4.2. Maintains organization of all treatment areas: chairs, carts, stools, traction equipment, beanbags, gym equipment, toys, etc.
  • 4.3. Demonstrates initiative in making department look clean, orderly, and professional.
  • 4.4. Provides a safe environment for patients and self.
  • 5. Works as a team member.
  • 5.1. Demonstrates willingness and ability to assist others as requested.
  • 5.2. Demonstrates initiative to help others and maintain productivity.
  • 5.3. Regularly reports free time and asks what needs to be done.
  • 5.4. Responds to requests in a timely manner.
  • 6. Knows how to coordinate work. Works in an organized and efficient manner.
  • 6.1. Responds appropriately to changes in the work schedule
  • 6.2. Demonstrates flexibility in view of interruption, and manage requests from different therapists.
  • 6.3. Keeps work area clean and organized.
  • 6.4. Follows lock up procedures. Leaves department orderly, clean, and stocked for the next day.
  • 7. Carries out routine clerical and receptionist duties as requested or assigned.
  • 7.1. Files progress notes, physician orders and correspondence, exercise programs in correct order in active charts.
  • 7.2. Faxes physician correspondence promptly.
  • 7.3. Answers phones and takes messages as needed.
  • 7.4. Monitors stock of forms and makes/ requests copies as needed.
  • 8. Seeks opportunities to advance skills and knowledge.
  • 8.1. Attends departmental inservice programs.
  • 8.2. Uses other staff as resources to increase knowledge of therapy and treatments.
  • 8.3. Takes advantage of hospital educational opportunities.
  • 8.4. Demonstrates initiative to improve knowledge, competency, and skills.

    Other information:


    High school diploma or equivalent is required.


    Prior experience in health setting, physical therapy preferred.


    CPR preferred.



    Ability to follow specific instructions related to patient treatment and to observe specific precautions related to physical therapy. Basic computer knowledge preferred. Ability to interact in a pleasant and professional manner with patients, physicians, visitors, and personnel in other departments. Knowledge of basic medical terminology required.



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    Job Info

    Job: 5466

    Department: Physical Therap
    Category: Rehabilitation Svcs
    Status: Full Time
    Shift: DAYS
    Hours: 40.00

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