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Physical Therapist Aides

Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Clean and organize work area and disinfect equipment after treatment.
    • Instruct, motivate, safeguard, or assist patients practicing exercises or functional activities, under direction of medical staff.
    • Record treatment given and equipment used.
    • Administer active or passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, or heat, light, sound, water, or electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound.
    • Transport patients to and from treatment areas, using wheelchairs or providing standing support.
    • Change linens, such as bed sheets and pillow cases.
    • Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment.
    • Measure patient's range-of-joint motion, body parts, or vital signs to determine effects of treatments or for patient evaluations.
    • Schedule patient appointments with physical therapists and coordinate therapists' schedules.
    • Observe patients during treatment to compile and evaluate data on patients' responses and progress and report to physical therapist.
    • Administer traction to relieve neck or back pain, using intermittent or static traction equipment.
    • Confer with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, or coordinating treatment.
    • Arrange treatment supplies to keep them in order.
    • Perform clerical duties, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, or filling out forms.
    • Maintain equipment or furniture to keep it in good working condition, including performing the assembly or disassembly of equipment or accessories.
    • Assist patients to dress, undress, or put on and remove supportive devices, such as braces, splints, or slings.
    • Train patients to use orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices.
    • Fit patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices, adjusting fit as needed.
    • Participate in patient care tasks, such as assisting with passing food trays, feeding residents, or bathing residents on bed rest.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    3

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 28180/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 13.55/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 720
    • Yearly Projected Openings 100

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    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Concern for Others
    • Self Control
    • Attention to Detail

    Tools

    • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
    • Crutches or crutch accessories
    • Clinical hydraulic lifts or accessories
    • Canes or cane accessories
    • Blood pressure cuff kits

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Calendar and scheduling software

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