When physical therapy services are provided, a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant under the supervision of a physical therapist shall provide the services in accordance with the plan of treatment and within the licensee's scope of practice as established by the Illinois Physical Therapy Act.


Instruct other health team personnel, including, when appropriate, home health aides and family members, in certain phases of physical therapy with which they may work with the patient.

Instruct the patient and family in the total physical therapy program.

Prepare clinical and progress notes for the clinical record.

Supervision of the physical therapist assistant shall include the following:

·      A licensed physical therapist shall be accessible by telephone to the physical therapist assistant at all times while the physical therapist assistant is treating patients.

·      On-site supervision shall take place every four to six visits. The supervisory visits may be made either when the physical therapist assistant is present so that the supervisor may observe and assist, or when the physical therapist assistant is absent so that the supervisor may assess relationships and determine whether goals are being met.

·      Supervision does not constitute treatment.

·      The supervisory visit shall include a complete on-site functional assessment, an on-site review of activities with appropriate revision of treatment plan, and an assessment of the utilization of outside resources.

Provide initial, and ongoing, comprehensive assessments of the patient’s needs, including Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) assessments.

Assist in development, and implementation, of the interdisciplinary patient care plan, as it pertains to Physical Therapy.

Assist the physician in evaluating patients, by applying diagnostic and prognostic muscle, nerve, joint, and functional ability tests.

Consult, and familiarize, staff regarding the established plan.

Instruct patient in care and use of wheelchairs, braces, crutches, canes and prosthetic, and orthotic devices.

Provide the equipment required to carry out the plan.

Arrange for out-patient service, for procedures that cannot be given at home.

Prepare an assessment of the patient's condition and periodic evaluations and summaries.

Record, and report to the physician, the patient's reaction to treatment and /or any changes in the patient's condition.

Communicate with the physician, at least every 30 days, or whenever changes occur, regarding the patient’s status; obtain additional orders, if necessary.

Write clinical/progress notes, on the date of the visit, and incorporate same, in the patient's record, within 48 hours.

Participate in case conferences, physical therapy staff meetings, Agency activities, and in-service programs, as necessary.

Supervise the Home Health Aide, every two weeks, when physical therapy is the only professional discipline involved in the patient's care and supervise the Physical Therapy Assistant, at least monthly.

Participate with staff, patients, and physicians in discharge planning activities and complete a Physical Therapy Discharge Summary.


Obtain a medical history, particularly as it relates to the present condition.

Evaluate the patient, the patient’s significant other(s), and the home situation, to determine what instruction will be required, what assistance will be available from the family in caring for the patient, and what other Agency and community services will be required.

Ensure the physician’s orders are appropriate; discuss necessary changes.


The ability to drive and the ability to access patients’ homes, which may not be routinely wheelchair accessible are required.

Hearing, eyesight, and physical dexterity must be sufficient to perform a physical assessment of the patient's condition and to perform patient care.

On occasion, may be required to bend, stoop, reach, and move patient weight up to 250 pounds, lift and/or carry up to 30 pounds.

Must be able to effectively communicate in English.


Physical therapy equipment and other medical equipment will be utilized. Hand washing materials.


Has access to all patient medical records, which may be discussed with Agency Supervisor the Administrator, the Executive Director, and the Quality Assurance department staff.


1.    Successful completion of a Physical Therapist education program approved by one of the following:

a.    The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

b.    Successor organizations of CAPTE

c.    An education program, outside the Unites States, determined to be substantially equivalent to physical therapist entry-level education in the United States, by a credential’s evaluation organization, approved by the American Physical Therapy Association or an organization identified in 8 CFR 212.15€ as it related to Physical Therapists; and

d.    Passed an examination for Physical Therapist, approved by the state, in which physical therapy services are provided.

2.    Must be licensed. as a physical therapist under the Illinois Physical Therapy Act.

3.    Must have, at least, one year of institutional/home health experience.

4.    Must have a criminal background check.

5.    Must have current CPR certification. Online certification is not accepted