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Become A Home Health Physical Therapist Assistant

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Working As A Home Health Physical Therapist Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $67,327

    Average Salary

What Does A Home Health Physical Therapist Assistant Do At Brookdale Senior Living

* Provide and direct occupational therapy services to patients, including assessment, treatment, program planning and implementation
* Function under physicians" orders and adhere to applicable principles and practices of physical therapy, Brookdale policies/procedures, and state regulations
* Coordinate treatment plan with patient, family and other team members
* Document results of patient"s assessment, treatment, follow-up and termination of services
* Review the quality and appropriateness of the total services delivered and individual occupational therapy programs using predetermined criteria
* A career with Brookdale Healthcare Services has never been so rewarding! Brookdale Home Health is ranked among the Top Ten largest home heath companies in the country.
* Many of our agencies carry a five-star rating and are recognized by Decision Health as Home Care Elite agencies.
* We own and operate more than 80+ agencies nationwide, serving approximately 17,000 patients throughout our Brookdale Home Health Division.
* Brookdale
* Bringing new life to senior living

What Does A Home Health Physical Therapist Assistant Do At Bayada

* Make home visits to clients in designated geographic territories.
* Under the direction of a Physical Therapist, perform diagnostic tests and measurements, such as the mobility/range of joints, transfer status, stability, patterns and appearance of ambulation, strength and endurance of muscles, balance testing and safety assessments.
* Implement appropriate individualized care plans, including manual therapeutic exercises, gait training, balance, and other interventions, under the supervision of a Licensed Physical Therapist.
* Continually communicate with the Supervising Physical Therapist to assess and revise the physical therapy care plan, and participate with nursing in the multidisciplinary care plan, as appropriate.
* Educate and instruct patients, family members, or other patient representatives, in rehabilitative care and activities necessary to promote the patient's health, safety and independent living.
* Accurately document observations, interventions and evaluations pertaining to patient care management and services provided utilizing a state-of-the-art touch pad tablet

What Does A Home Health Physical Therapist Assistant Do At Kaiser Permanente

* Evaluates patients, families and home environment on admission to home health and subsequent home visits.
* Determines if home environment is safe and appropriate for provision of home health services.
* Assesses patient's physical, functional and psychosocial status.
* Establishes reasonable/measurable goals.
* Develops and/or revises an appropriate plan of care.
* Communicates and coordinates plan of care with physician, patient, caregivers, and other health care providers.
* Determines whether other services such as nursing, OT, SLP, HCA or MSW are indicated.
* Establishes discharge planning in conjunction with the care planning process.
* Provides physical therapy services as prescribed by patient's physician.
* Evaluates patient response to interventions.
* Recognizes and interprets significant physiological and behavioral changes in patient's condition.
* Modifies/updates/changes plan of care when indicated by patient's condition and/or physician's orders.
* Determines, in conjunction with physician, when patient care needs to be shifted to another setting and/or patient denial of home health, if warranted.
* Provides case management.
* Coordinates all necessary services to be provided to patients.
* Documents according to Home Health standards, Federal and State regulations.
* Maintains medication profile (as case manager).
* Documents communication in care planning/coordination.
* Completes daily visit log.
* Supervises care provided by Home Care Aide (HCA) and Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA).
* Reevaluates patient per Home Health standards; performs and documents supervisory visits.
* Understands and applies infection control procedures.
* Maintains clean and safe environment for patient care supplies and/or equipment.
* Identifies and presents improvement opportunities to the organization and implements the Quality Improvement process (es).
* Assists with development and implementation of department's work plan.
* Prepares weekly schedule of patient visits.
* Follows all applicable laws, rules and recommendations for safe driving while on duty

What Does A Home Health Physical Therapist Assistant Do At Brookdale Senior Living

* Provide and direct physical therapy services to patients by assisting in the assessment, treatment, program planning and implementation
* Work in accordance with physicians" orders and adhere to applicable principles and practices of physical therapy, Brookdale policies/procedures, and state regulations
* Under the direction of a licensed physical therapist, assist in the screenings of patients, deliver treatment and appropriately document progress
* Assist with selecting Physical Therapy techniques and sequence of activities, and adapting such techniques as indicated by patient performance
* Help develop appropriate home or community programming to support the patient"s continued recovery in his or her own environment

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How To Become A Home Health Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapists need a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. All states require physical therapists to be licensed.


In 2015, there were more than 200 programs for physical therapists accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). All programs offer a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

DPT programs typically last 3 years. Most programs require a bachelor’s degree for admission as well as specific educational prerequisites, such as classes in anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, and physics. Some programs admit college freshmen into 6- or 7-year programs that allow students to graduate with both a bachelor’s degree and a DPT. Most DPT programs require applicants to apply through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).

Physical therapist programs often include courses in biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology. Physical therapist students also complete at least 30 weeks of clinical work, during which they gain supervised experience in areas such as acute care and orthopedic care.

Physical therapists may apply to and complete a clinical residency program after graduation. Residencies typically last about 1 year and provide additional training and experience in specialty areas of care. Therapists who have completed a residency program may choose to specialize further by completing a fellowship in an advanced clinical area.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physical therapists to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state but all include passing the National Physical Therapy Examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Several states also require a law exam and a criminal background check. Continuing education is typically required for physical therapists to keep their license. Check with state boards for specific licensing requirements.

After gaining work experience, some physical therapists choose to become a board-certified specialist. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties offers certification in 8 clinical specialty areas, including orthopedics, sports, and geriatric physical therapy. Board specialist certification requires passing an exam and at least 2,000 hours of clinical work or completion of an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)-accredited residency program in the specialty area.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Physical therapists are often drawn to the profession in part by a desire to help people. They work with people who are in pain and must have empathy for their patients.

Detail oriented. Like other healthcare providers, physical therapists should have strong analytic and observational skills to diagnose a patient’s problem, evaluate treatments, and provide safe, effective care.

Dexterity. Physical therapists must use their hands to provide manual therapy and therapeutic exercises. They should feel comfortable massaging and otherwise physically assisting patients.

Interpersonal skills. Because physical therapists spend a lot of time interacting with patients, they should enjoy working with people. They must be able to clearly explain treatment programs, motivate patients, and listen to patients’ concerns to provide effective therapy.

Physical stamina. Physical therapists spend much of their time on their feet, moving as they demonstrate proper techniques and help patients perform exercises. They should enjoy physical activity.

Resourcefulness. Physical therapists customize treatment plans for patients. They must be flexible and able to adapt plans of care to meet the needs of each patient.

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Home Health Physical Therapist Assistant Education


    • University of Central Arkansas

    • University of Memphis

    • Montclair State University

    • University of Utah

    • San Diego Mesa College

    • Touro University Nevada

    • Florida International University

    • University of Massachusetts - Lowell

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Top Home Health Physical Therapist Assistant Skills

  1. Physical Therapy
  2. Orthopedics
  3. STM Techniques
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