PRN PT/OT Aide
Shepherd Center

Atlanta, Georgia


Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions.

Join us in our mission to help people with a temporary or permanent disability, rebuild their lives with hope, independence and dignity, advocating for their full inclusion in all aspects of community life.

At Shepherd Center, you'll discover a diverse and inclusive environment, enlightened leadership, a culture of teamwork, professionalism and mutual respect. If you are seeking career advancement, continuing education opportunities coupled with a welcoming and fun workplace, competitive compensation and employment benefits, visit our careers page to explore current openings.

The PT and OT Aide assists the Physical and Occupational Therapists to prepare the environment and the patient for routine care and assists the patient with routine activities of daily living as determined in treatment plan. All activities are performed under the direct supervision of a licensed OTR, PT, COTA, or PTA. This hands-on role contributes to the improvement of patient experience through rehabilitation services. This collaborative role addresses and resolves issues in order to facilitate patient recovery.

Job Responsibilities:

  • The PT and OT Aide assists in creating a welcoming environment for patient care.
  • Transports patients throughout the center.
  • Assembles equipment and adjusting it to patient needs.
  • Assists patients with transfers on the nursing units, in preparation for a PT session, or as directed.
  • Assists patient with weight shifts and other daily activities (grooming, feeding, dressing, toileting, bathing etc.) or assigned OT therapy activities.
  • Conducts assigned OT groups or assisting PTs or PTAs in a group setting.
  • Maintains the therapy and nursing equipment and environment.
  • Cleans and returns wheelchairs, bathroom equipment, and other equipment as assigned.
  • Completes assigned clerical duties.
  • Instructs new employees and volunteers in departmental maintenance tasks.
  • Attends and actively contributes to department meetings.
  • Performs consistent with Shepherd Center standards, clinical policies, and procedures.
  • Practices proper safety techniques in accordance with Center and departmental policies and procedures. Responsible for the reporting of employee/patient/visitor injuries or accidents, or other safety issues to the supervisor and in the occurrence notification system.
  • Practices proper safety techniques in accordance with Center and departmental policies and procedures. Responsible for the reporting of employee/patient/visitor injuries or accidents, or other safety issues to the supervisor and in the occurrence notification system.
  • Monitors and ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements, organizational standards, and policies and procedures related to area of responsibility. Identifies potential risk areas within area of responsibility and supports problem resolution process.
  • Performs other duties as required/requested/assigned.
Required Minimum Education
  • High School Diploma or equivalent


Required Minimum Certification
  • No minimum certification
Required Minimum Experience
  • Previous therapy aide or clinical/healthcare experience preferred.
Required Minimum Skills
  • Basic computer skills.
  • This is a support role that requires an individual to be able to interact directly with patients in a positive and supportive manner.
  • Ability to learn and operate therapy equipment.
  • Must display knowledge of growth, development and the ability to obtain, interpret and disseminate information in terms of age specific patient needs (adolescent, adult and geriatric.
  • Ability to follow instructions and problem solve.
  • Takes responsibility for growing professionally and seek opportunities for improving skills.
  • Communicates effectively using timely verbal, non-verbal and written communication.
  • Willingly adapts to changing work demands and work environment.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills and makes sound judgments to monitor and respond to patient needs or changes in condition.
  • Completes orientation and initial assessment of competency successfully by determined due date.
  • Completes mandatory education and annual competency assessment requirements by determined due date.
Preferred Qualifications
  • A bachelor's degree in exercise science, health science, biology or related field of study preferred.
  • Previous experience with patients with Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury Stroke, Concussion and Vestibular Disorders.
Physical Demands
  • Uses body, tools, or special devices to safely, effectively, and efficiently to move, guide, or place patients. Involves some latitude for judgement with regard to precision attained and the selection of what adaptive device(s) to utilize.
  • Ability to transfer and position patients, consistent with lifting up to 30 lbs.
  • Repetitive lifting, moving, squatting, kneeling, and crawling physical requirements.
Working Conditions
  • Normal patient care environment.
  • Some potential for exposure to blood and body fluids.
  • Some potential exposure to infectious viruses.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified.



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