Job Descriptions For Winning Wheels

Therapy Assistant


The primary purpose of your job position is to assist in planning, organizing, developing, and directing Physical Therapy Services in accordance with current applicable federal, state, and local standards, guidelines and regulations, and as may be directed by the Administrator, to assure that the highest degree of quality resident care can be maintained at all times.


As a Therapy Assistant, you are delegated the administrative authority, responsibility, and accountability necessary for carrying out your assigned duties.


Every effort has been made to keep your job description as complete as possible. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is a logical assignment to the position.


1 = Tasks may involve exposure to blood/body fluids.
2 = Tasks do not involve contact with blood/body fluids but could result in performing a Category 1 task.
3 = T asks do not involve any risk of exposure to blood/body fluids.


  • Assist in planning, developing, organizing, implementing, evaluating, and directing physical therapy, as well as its programs and activities, in accordance with current rules, regulations, and guidelines that govern the long-term care facility. 3
  • Assist in developing and maintaining physical therapy standards. 3
  • Assist in developing, implementing, and coordinating policies and procedures, resident care plans, physical therapy procedures manuals, job descriptions, etc. 3
  • Assist in interpreting physical therapy policies and procedures to personnel, residents, family members, etc., as necessary. 3
  • Review physical therapy policies, procedures, manuals, job descriptions, etc., at least annually, and participate in making recommended changes. 3
  • Participate in discharge planning, development and implementation of resident care plans, resident assessments, etc., as necessary. 3
  • Interview residents, or family members, as necessary. 3
  • Perform administrative requirements such as completing necessary forms, reports, etc. and submitting to the administrator as required. 3
  • Assist in arranging transportation to other facilities when necessary. 3
  • Ensure that resident records are not lost/mishandled. 3
  • Maintain a current file of residents treated. 3
  • Maintain treatment records, resident files, and progress notes as required. 3
  • Assist in standardizing the methods in which therapy will be accomplished. 3
  • Maintain an adequate liaison with families and residents. 3
  • Others as deemed necessary and appropriate, or as may be directed by the administrator. 3


Maintain an excellent working relationship with the medical profession and other health related facilities and organizations. 3 Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the department.3 Develop and maintain a good working rapport with inter-department personnel, as well as other departments within the facility to assure that services and activities can be properly maintained to meet the needs of the residents. 3 Assist in the training of competent physical therapy personnel. 2 Coordinate physical therapy with other departments. 3


  • Be alert to resident's response to treatment. Notify therapist immediately for assistance if required. 3
  • Assist the therapist, as directed, in administering hydrotherapy. 2
  • Assist in transporting resident to and from physical therapy room/area. 2
  • Perform physical therapy in resident�s room as necessary. 1
  • Brief resident of procedures involved in physical therapy and prepare necessary equipment. 3
  • Act as receptionist to residents for the physical therapy department. 3
  • Assist residents in ambulatory training as directed. 1
  • Demonstrate to resident and nursing personnel, as necessary, the use of medical appliances involved in physical therapy (e.g., wheelchairs, crutches, canes, braces, and prosthetic appliances and devices). 2
  • Assist in preparing resident for treatment by dress/position and administer physical therapy in accordance with established policies and procedures. 2
  • Reassure resident before and during therapy treatment. 3
  • Initiate individual restorative program for residents in conjunction with the resident�s plan of care. 2
  • Encourage resident to perform and/or participate in daily ADL functions. 3


Participate in programs designed for in-service education, on the job training and orientation classes. 3 Participate and assist in departmental studies and projects as assigned or that may become necessary. 3 Attend and participate in workshops, seminars, etc., as required. 3


  • Comply with established safety precautions at all times. 3
  • Ensure safety and comfort of resident while going to and from therapy room/area. 2
  • Ensure physical therapy practices and procedures are in compliance with current applicable regulations. 3
  • Ensure that therapy personnel follow established infection control procedures when performing duties. 3
  • Assure that the therapy area is maintained in a clean and safe manner for resident comfort and convenience by assuring that necessary equipment and supplies are maintained to perform such duties/services. 2
  • Report hazardous conditions or equipment to the therapist. 3
  • Follow established policies and procedures governing exposure to blood or body fluids. 3


Recommend to the therapist the equipment and supply needs of the department. 3 Operate equipment in a safe manner. 3


Assist in developing physical therapy plans for individual residents. 3 Provide therapy treatment in accordance with the resident�s plan of care. 2


  • Ensure that resident's right to fair and equitable treatment, self-determination, individual, privacy, property and civil rights, including the right to wage a complaint, are well established and maintained at all times. 3
  • Maintain the CONFIDENTIALITY of all resident care information. 3
  • Report complaints and grievances made by the resident to the Administrator. 3
  • Knock before entering the resident's room. 3
  • Abide by the resident's decision not to participate in treatment. Report such refusal to the therapist and/or QMRP. 3
  • Inform the resident of the consequences of no participating in his/her prescribed treatment and document such action in the resident�s clinical record. 3
  • Allow the resident to participate in the planning and scheduling of his or her treatment. 3

  • Works in office and therapy areas.
  • Sits, stands, bends, lifts and moves intermittently throughout the work day.
  • Is subject to frequent interruptions.
  • Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc., under all conditions and circumstances.
  • Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, personnel and visitors.
  • Communicates with nursing personnel and other department personnel.
  • Works beyond normal working hours, on weekends and holidays, and in other positions temporarily when necessary.
  • Is subject to exercising and massaging residents.
  • Must be constantly alert for resident safety.
  • Attends and participates in continuing educational programs.
  • Is subject to falls, burns from equipment, odors, assaults from hostile residents, etc. throughout the work day.
  • Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.
  • Is subject to lifting, carrying and supporting residents.


Must possess, as a minimum, a high school education or its equivalent.


None required. On-the-job training provided by a Physical Therapist.



  • Have initiative to carry out assigned task with/without constant supervision;
  • Be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language;
  • Possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action;
  • Possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public;
  • Possess the ability and willingness to work harmoniously with professional and non-professional personnel;
  • Possess the ability to interpret the policies and procedures of physical therapy;
  • Maintain the care and use of supplies, equipment, etc., and maintain the appearance of therapy areas;
  • Have patience and tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents and staff;
  • Be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing practices;
  • Be able to relate information concerning a resident�s condition.

PHYSICAL AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTS (With or Without the Aid of Mechanical Devices)

Must be able to:

  • Move intermittently throughout the work day;
  • Speak and write the English language in an understandable manner;
  • Cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position;
  • See and hear or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to assure that the requirements of this position can be fully met;
  • Function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with residents, personnel, and support agencies;
  • Be in good general health and demonstrate emotional stability;
  • Relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset and, at times, hostile people within the facility;
  • Lift, push, pull, and move a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Be willing to perform tasks that may involve exposure to the resident�s blood/body fluids;
  • Assist in the evacuation of residents.

Tasks assigned to this position involve potential and/or direct exposure to blood or body fluids.