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Alabama Physical Therapy Aides
What is the definition of an aide?
A person trained under the direction of a physical therapist who performs designated and supervised routine tasks related to physical therapy services.
What are the roles and responsibilities of an aide?
The roles and responsibilities of physical therapy aides in physical therapy care are:
What are the responsibilities of the PT or PTA when delegating to an aide?
The PT or PTA supervising the aide must reassess the patient at the beginning of each treatment session to determine what treatment procedures are appropriate for that treatment session.
If modality treatments are to be provided, the PT or PTA supervising the aide must designate the exact location to be treated, the length of treatment, and the parameters of the modality being used.
The aide may not perform any hands-on treatment, including, but not limited to, manual resistance exercise, passive range of motion, soft tissue mobilization or joint mobilization. This does not prohibit an aide from assisting licensed personnel in handling a patient when more than one person is needed.
If exercise is to be provided, the licensee supervising the aide must be in direct line of sight.
What type of supervision is required?
Direct on-site supervision
Required designation for aides
Non-licensed physical therapy support personnel shall be identified as physical therapy aide in a legible manner to individuals that come in contact with them while working under the supervision of a PT/PTA. Primary identification as a physical therapy aide may be followed by other license credentials or certifications. Proper identification includes, but is not limited to, embroidery, clip-ons, paper nametags, name badges, or other appropriate means.
Ala. Admin. Code r. 700-X-3-.05
Ala. Code § 34-24-191