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Restorative Aide

A restorative aide is a State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) who has additional, specialized training in restorative nursing care. Restorative aides assist residents with exercises designed by the nursing or rehabilitation staff to help them improve the use of limbs and body functions. A restorative aide’s duties can include assisting residents with walking, strength training, and range of motion exercises, dressing, and grooming. Restorative aides work as a part of a care team and are responsible for documenting residents’ daily activities and progress. Like STNAs, restorative aides play a very hands-on role in the care process and spend a significant part of their time working closely with residents.

Education & Experience:

A restorative aide is a skill and a job classification that builds on an STNA (State Tested Nurse Aide). Work experience as an STNA and completion of high school or GED are typical requirements.

Salary Average
$31,000

Certifications
Physical Therapy (PT)
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Speech
Respiratory
Music

Next Steps
Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Rehabilitation Therapist

A rehabilitation therapist is a health and wellness specialist trained to assist, diagnose, and treat individuals with mobility problems caused by injury, illness, or accidents. Rehabilitation therapists are responsible for evaluating and diagnosing mobility impairments resulting from strains, fractures, sprains, diseases, and numerous other conditions. Based on their examinations, they recommend and administer therapeutic exercises and other forms of appropriate treatment.

Education & Experience:

Rehabilitation therapists are required to have an undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, or a similar field. They must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and maintain licensure under the appropriate State Board.

Salary Average
$91,000

Certifications
Physical Therapy (PT)
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Speech
Respiratory
Music

Next Steps
Director of Rehabilitation Services

Director of Rehabilitation Services

A Director of Rehabilitation Services directs the programs and staff of the rehabilitation services department for the senior living community. They set and implement guidelines for rehabilitation programs such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy and assign patients to staff therapists for treatment and review residents’ progress. The director of rehabilitation also communicates results of resident care to other services and departments.

Education & Experience:

A Director of Rehabilitation Services must meet all of the same education and certification requirements as a rehabilitation therapist. The role may also require an advanced degree in physical therapy and at least seven years of direct experience in the field.

Salary Average
$108,000

Certifications
Physical Therapy (PT)
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Speech
Respiratory
Music

Next Steps
Regional Director of Rehabilitation
Corporate Director of Rehabilitation

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