$23.10 to $27.97 per hour
Therapy assistant diploma or certificate
Rehabilitation assistants carry out treatment plans designed by physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists. They work directly with clients to assist them in developing, supporting or improving psychosocial, physical, cognitive and communication skills. Rehabilitation assistants provide training and support, as well as information that will assist their clients in making a timely, healthy recovery. They observe their clients closely and inform the rehabilitation therapist of any concerns that may arise.
Rehabilitation assistants help clients learn skills needed for daily living (self-care, productivity and leisure) which may include planning a range of home/gym exercises and articulation/language therapy activities to help to improve or maintain clients' abilities to function independently. They also assist in showing clients how to set up and use equipment such as wheelchairs, braces and walkers. In addition, rehabilitation assistants assist their clients in pre- and post-treatment by moving, dressing and positioning them.
Rehabilitation assistants may have some clerical and administrative duties. These may include scheduling patients, keeping inventory, greeting patients and tracking statistics.
Rehabilitation assistants work in a variety of settings including hospitals, long-term care centres, lodges and home care. They work independently and often collaborate with rehabilitation therapists to develop programs for clients. Rehabilitation assistants may work full-time or part-time hours or on a call-in (casual) basis. They can apply for positions that are permanent, temporary or casual depending on department and facility needs. Shift schedules may include a combination of day, evening and weekend shifts, as well as on-call duty.
Rehabilitation assistants spend a lot of time walking, reaching, standing and bending while supporting and assisting clients. They are also required to lift, move and transport equipment and clients. At times, they may feel stress if they encounter clients that are agitated and may be hostile towards them.