Physical Therapy Aide
Physical therapist aides are the ones at the ready to assist patients in and out of the therapy area of a clinic, offering aid when needed without impinging on a client’s sense of independence and mobility.
A Physical Therapist Aide has many duties in a physical therapy environment that, like the physical therapy assistant, help to make physical therapists more productive. For example, a physical therapy aide is often responsible for keeping the treatment area clean and well prepped. The physical therapy aide may also assist patients in their preparation for treatment. In larger work settings, physical therapy aides may also do clerical tasks such as ensuring necessary items are in stock as well as doing paperwork, including assisting with the maintenance of patient records.
Unlike a physical therapist or a physical therapy assistant, a Physical Therapist Aide generally is not required to have a degree. Training for this position is often gained purely on the job.