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Massachusetts Physical Therapy Aides

What is the definition of an aide?

A person not licensed in physical therapy who works under the direct supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. This individual may also be known as a rehabilitation aide or some other similar title.

What can an aide do?

Activities which may be performed by physical therapy aides under appropriate supervision are restricted to:

    • Follow-up of functional and ambulation activities;
    • Follow-up of routine specific exercises;
    • Application of superficial heat and cold; and
    • Non-treatment related activities such as secretarial and housekeeping, transporting patients and preparation for treatment. These activities may be performed under the supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.

What type of supervision is required?

A physical therapist must provide direct supervision to the following persons rendering physical services: physical therapy aides, rehabilitation aides, or persons known by other similar titles.

Direct Supervision: A process by which a supervisor is on the premises and available to provide supervision in the form of aid, direction, and instruction when procedures or activities are performed.

What is the ratio between supervising PTs and aides?

Licensed physical therapy personnel must provide adequate staff to patient ratio at all times to ensure the provision of safe, quality care

Citations

259 CMR 5.01



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