Capital Health

Rehabilitation Assistant

Position ID #
Per Diem
Physical Therapy Inpatient
Per Diem – On Call - Varied Shift and Hours


Position #:  0259

  • Functions as an integral part of the patient care team by assisting the professional staff in delivering patient care.


  • Anticipates and prepares for patient and therapist needs by focusing on patient and therapist interaction, as well as thorough review of patient lists, schedule, and other written tools. Focuses on patient and therapist interaction as another means of anticipating what is needed.
  • Assists patients to prepare for and complete therapy, such as retrieving needed equipment and supplies, assisting patient with clothing and footwear, etc. Prepares hydrotherapy work area and sets up clean dressing fields, following therapist instruction, as needed. Serves under direct supervision of the therapist, assists patients while they carry out therapeutic program, such as keeping track of exercise repetitions, attending to patient needs during program, etc.
  • Refers patient's concerns and questions to the therapist and refrains from independently providing advice or treatment. Uses proper body mechanics and patient guarding techniques. Follows therapist instructions for guarding and protecting the patient.
  • Cleans all patient care equipment according to department and hospital policies including disinfection of items between patients and following departmental policy for cleaning or disinfecting of hotpack covers, hydrotherapy tanks, contrast bath sinks, splint pans, and other therapy equipment. Changes mat linens and organizes the treatment space between patients.
  • Monitors equipment functioning as assigned such as defibrillator function, hydrocollator unit temperature, and refrigerator temperature. Alerts appropriate personnel about malfunctioning equipment and removes equipment from working area.
  • Conducts routine monitoring to ensure that supplies are discarded before expiration date and that no expired supplies are kept in the department. Orders and stocks linens and therapeutic supplies as needed.
  • Carries out receptionist duties such as greeting patients, answering phone calls in a timely manner, making phone calls, and handling mail.  Assists supervisors and therapists with projects such as gathering data, keeping statistics, preparing mailings, scheduling staff as needed. Assists supervisor in orientation and training of new employees.
  • Participates in department's Performance Improvement activities as relevant and understands the importance of PI and is aware of PI projects conducted in Rehabilitation Services Department.
  • Maintains departmental logs for equipment cleaning (hydrocollator tanks), battery checks (AED), temperature checks (hyrocollator, splint pan) as directed. Conducts routine monitoring of direct supplies needed by therapist and maintains adequate inventory at all times. Conducts routing monitoring of non medical direct supplies and orders through Lawson system.
  • Performs and reports patient vital signs as requested by therapist direction. Completes intense training in safe patient handling and patient guarding techniques. Demonstrates these techniques when assisting patients during transportation as directed by therapist.
  • Maintains organized files on all purchase requests and supply items. Greets all Rehab patients and ensures proper patient identification. Follows the Just Culture standards.
  • Assists patients and families in completing required paperwork. Provides support to the speech-language pathologists in the execution of video swallow studies including but not limited to the set-up, completion of patient paperwork and post video clean-up.
  • Communicates and expediently notifies supervising therapist of any patient delays, damaged equipment, or patient problems or concerns.



  • High school diploma or GED.
  • One year direct patient care experience preferred.
  • Proficient in English, verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.


  • Frequent physical demands include: Standing , Walking , Carry objects , Push/Pull , Twisting , Bending , Reaching forward , Reaching overhead , Squat/kneel/crawl

    Occasional physical demands include: Sitting , Climbing (e.g., stairs or ladders) , Wrist position deviation , Pinching/fine motor activities , Keyboard use/repetitive motion

    Continuous physical demands include: Talk or Hear

    Lifting Floor to Waist 20 lbs. Lifting Waist Level and Above 50 lbs.

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Offers are contingent upon successful completion of our onboarding process and pre-employment physical. Furthermore, Capital Health is a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination facility.

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