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Tennessee OT Aides
What is the definition of an aide?
"Unlicensed person working in occupational therapy" means a person who performs specific supportive tasks related to occupational therapy practice under the direct supervision of an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant and whose activities do not require professional or advanced training in the basic anatomical, biological, psychological and social sciences involved in the provision of occupational therapy services. Such persons are often referred to as aides, technicians, transporters or support staff.
What can an aide do?
Tasks that may be delegated may include:
What are the responsibilities of the OT when delegating to an aide?
The physician, occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant accepts professional responsibility for the performance of that duty by the person to whom it is delegated. In the case of duties delegated by an occupational therapy assistant, the occupational therapy assistant, the physician and occupational therapist who supervises the occupational therapy assistant shall be responsible
The licensed physician, Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant accepts professional responsibility for the performance of that duty by the personnel to whom it is delegated. In the case of duties delegated by a OTA, the licensed physician, Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant who supervises the technician will be responsible; and
What type of supervision is required?
Supervision of an unlicensed person shall be as follows:
Appropriate records must be maintained to document compliance.
The intensity of the supervision is determined by the nature of the task to be performed, the needs of the consumer, and the capability of the unlicensed person.
Tenn. Code Ann. § 63-13-103
Tenn. Code Ann. § 63-13-207
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1150-02-.10