Physical Therapist Aides
On the Job
Physical Therapist Aides work under close supervision of physical therapists or physical therapist assistants. They perform certain routine tasks, such as preparing the patient for treatment, or preparing the treatment area itself.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
- Administer therapy treatments to patients using hands or physical treatment aids.
- Assist patients with daily activities.
- Fit patients for assistive devices.
- Hold patients to ensure proper positioning or safety.
- Confer with other professionals to plan patient care.
- Clean medical equipment.
- Clean patient rooms or patient treatment rooms.
- Move patients to or from treatment areas.
- Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Close physical proximity with other people.
- Working with a group or team.
- Exposure to disease or infections.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
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