Restorative aides are responsible for assisting with day-to-day exercises and program tasks. They help patients gain strength, mobility and flexibility. A restorative nurse’s aide is a certified nursing assistant (CNA) who has additional, specialized training in therapeutic nursing care. As a restorative aide, you will administer a variety of treatments either independently or as part of a therapy team. This typically involves physical, occupational and speech therapies depending on the needs of the patient. You may, for example, work on range of motion and progressive mobility exercises, muscle strengthening, ambulation skills and speech therapy.

Prerequisite: CNA certification

Skills required:

  • True passion for patient care and compassion for others
  • Good communication and people skills
  • Physically fit – the job requires a lot of standing, walking, and lifting
  • Ability to be work independently or on a team

Employers: Many restorative aides work in hospitals or medical centers; some are employed in outpatient or inpatient rehabilitation centers. Aides who work with older people often work in nursing homes, long-term care facilities or assisted living communities.

Education: This program is approved by the NJ Department of Health.

Job Outlook: Overall employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to help care for an increasing number of older patients.

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