Restorative Aide

Purpose of Your Job Position


The primary purpose of your job position is to assist in planning, organizing, developing, and implementing Restorative Services in accordance with current applicable federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations, and as may be directed by the administrator, to assure that the highest degree of quality

resident care can be maintained at all times.


Delegation of Authority


As a Restorative Aide you are delegated the administrative authority, responsibility, and accountability necessary for carrying out your assigned duties.


Job Functions


Every effort has been made to make your job description as complete as possible. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is a logical assignment to the position.


Major Duties and Responsibilities


Administrative Functions


  • Assist in planning, developing, organizing, implementing, evaluating, and directing restorative care, as well as its programs and activities, in accordance with current rules, regulations, and guidelines that govern the long-term care facility.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining restorative standards.
  • Assist in developing, implementing and coordinating policies and procedures, resident care plans, restorative procedure manuals, job descriptions, etc.
  • Assist in interpreting restorative policies and procedures to personnel, residents, family members, etc., as necessary.
  • Review restorative policies, procedures, manuals, job descriptions, etc., at least annually, and participate in making recommended changes.
  • Participate in discharge planning, development and implementation of resident care plans, resident assessments, etc., as necessary.
  • Interview residents, or family members, as necessary.
  • Perform administrative requirements such as completing necessary forms, reports, etc., and submitting to the administrator as required.
  • Assist in arranging transportation to other facilities when necessary.
  • Ensure resident records are not lost/mishandled.
  • Maintain a current file of residents treated.
  • Maintain treatment records, resident files, and progress notes as required.
  • Assist in standardizing the methods in which restorative care will be accomplished.
  • Maintain an adequate liaison with families and residents.
  • Others as deemed necessary and appropriate, or as may be directed by the administrator.


Personnel Functions


  • Maintain an excellent working relationship with the medical profession and other health related facilities and organizations.
  • Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the department.
  • Develop and maintain a good working rapport with inter-department personnel, as well as other departments within the facility to assure that services and activities can be properly maintained to meet the needs of the residents.
  • Assist in the training of competent restorative personnel.
  • Coordinate restorative care with other departments.


Restorative Care Functions


  • Be alert to resident’s response to treatment. Notify therapist immediately for assistance if required.
  • Assist in transporting resident to and from restorative room/area.
  • Perform restorative care in resident’s room as necessary.
  • Brief resident of procedures involved in restorative care and prepare necessary equipment.
  • Assist residents in ambulatory training as directed.
  • Demonstrate to resident and nursing personnel, as necessary, the use of medical appliances involved in restorative care (e.g., wheelchairs, crutches, canes, braces, and prosthetic appliances and devices).
  • Assist in preparing resident for treatment by dress/position and administer restorative care in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Reassure resident before and during therapy treatment.
  • Initiate individual restorative program for residents in conjunction with the resident’s plan of care.
  • Encourage resident to perform and/or participate in daily ADL functions.


Staff Development


  • Participate in programs designed for in-service education, on the job training and orientation classes.
  • Participate and assist in departmental studies and projects as assigned or that may become necessary.
  • Attend and participate in workshops, seminars, etc., as required.


Safety and Sanitation


  • Comply with established safety precautions at all times.
  • Ensure safety and comfort of resident while going to and from therapy room/area.
  • Ensure restorative practices and procedures are in compliance with current applicable regulations.
  • Ensure that restorative personnel follow established infection control procedures when performing duties.
  • Assure that the restorative area is maintained in a clean and safe manner for resident comfort and convenience by assuring that necessary equipment and supplies are maintained to perform such duties/services.
  • Report hazardous conditions or equipment to the Administrator.
  • Follow established policies and procedures governing exposure to blood or body fluids.


Equipment and Supply Functions


  • Recommend to the Administrator the equipment and supply needs of the department.
  • Operate equipment in a safe manner.


Care Plan Functions


  • Assist in developing restorative plans for individual residents.
  • Provide restorative care in accordance with the resident’s plan of care.


Resident Rights Functions


  • Ensure that resident’s rights to fair and equitable treatment, self determination, individuality, privacy, property and civil rights, including the right to wage a complaint, are well established and maintained at all times.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all resident care information.
  • Report complaints and grievances made by the resident to the Administrator and/or charge nurse.
  • Knock before entering the resident’s room.
  • Abide by the resident’s decision not to participate in treatment. Report such refusal to the therapist and/or charge nurse.
  • Inform the resident of the consequences of not participating in his or her prescribed treatment and document such action in the resident’s clinical record.
  • Allow the resident to participate in the planning and scheduling of his or her treatment.


Working Conditions


  • Works in office and therapy area(s).
  • Sits, stands, bends, lifts and moves intermittently during working hours.
  • Is subject to frequent interruptions.
  • Is involved with residents, family members, personnel, etc., under all conditions and circumstances.
  • Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, personnel, and visitors.
  • Communicates with the medical staff, nursing personnel, and other department supervisors.
  • Works beyond normal working hours and on weekends and holidays when necessary, as well as in other positions as needed.
  • Is subject to exercising and massaging residents.
  • Must be constantly alert for resident safety.
  • Attends and participates in continuing educational programs.
  • Is subject to falls, burns from equipment, odors, assaults from hostile residents, etc., throughout the work day.
  • Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including the AIDS and Hepatitis

B viruses.

  • Is subject to lifting, carrying and supporting residents.



Education Requirements


Must possess, as a minimum, a high school education or its equivalent.





None required. On-the-job training provided.


Specific Requirements


  • Must have initiative to carry out assigned task with/without constant supervision.
  • Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.
  • Must be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Must possess the willingness to work harmoniously with professional and non-professional personnel.
  • Must possess the ability to interpret the policies and procedures of the facility.
  • Must maintain the care and use of supplies, equipment, etc., and maintain the appearance of therapy areas.
  • Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents and staff.
  • Must be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing practices.
  • Must be able to relate information concerning a resident’s condition.


Physical and Sensory Requirements

(With or Without the Aid of Mechanical Devices)


  • Must be able to move intermittently throughout the work day.
  • Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner.
  • Must be able to cope with the mental, emotional, and physical stress of the position.
  • Must be able to see and hear or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to assure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.
  • Must function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with residents, personnel, support agencies, and outside agencies.
  • Must be in good general health and demonstrate emotional stability.
  • Must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and, at times, hostile people within the facility.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Must be willing to perform tasks that may involve exposure to the resident’s blood/body fluids.
  • Must be able to assist in the evacuation of residents.