$24.08 to $30.18 per hour
Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)
Therapy Assistant or Therapeutic Recreation Diploma, or applicable equivalent training (e.g., a linguistics or kinesiology degree or a hearing aid practitioner diploma).
Allied Health is an Alberta Health Services department providing a variety of therapeutic patient care and rehabilitation services that are critical to offering the best possible care to Albertans. Therapy assistants play an important role in providing quality Allied Health services. Therapy assistants fulfill the key roles of service provider, collaborator, lifelong learner and paraprofessional.
Therapy assistants work directly with clients and caregivers, carrying out the care plans developed by therapists, audiologists or speech language pathologists. These treatment programs help patients participate in meaningful activities, function independently and communicate effectively.
Therapy assistants provide functional and goal‐oriented services that help clients perform exercises and movements. They also teach and support patients in learning or practising skills, lead activity sessions or provide education to clients, families and caregivers. They observe, document and report patient performance and behaviour to the supervising therapist, speech language pathologist or audiologist, and respond as appropriate. Therapy assistants may also set up for therapy sessions, prepare activities, create program materials, arrange client appointments and assist with care planning.
Therapy assistants work in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, clinics, within client homes and in continuing care and rehabilitation facilities. Although they often work one-on-one with patients, therapy assistants also work in partnership with other therapy assistants and aides, therapists, speech language pathologists, audiologists, physicians, nurses, volunteers and external service providers.
Therapy 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.
Therapy assistants are often on their feet, walking or standing for the majority of their shifts. They may be required to bend, reach, lift and maintain awkward positions when working with clients. They may need to move equipment and supplies while doing their jobs. Therapy assistants also use computers and may complete some paperwork during their work days. At times, they may face some stressful and challenging situations. Some therapy assistants may need to operate patient transportation vehicles; therefore, a valid driver’s license is required for some positions.