APTA Kansas Restorative Movement Training Manual and Certification


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The purpose of this manual is to introduce all interested nursing home personnel (nurses aids, restorative nurses aids, licensed practical nurses, etc) to the basic knowledge and skills necessary to assist their residents to maintain, improve and/or regain their functional independence as able. A special emphasis will be placed upon teaching participants the skills needed to work in the restorative or rehab nursing program in nursing home facilities.

Participants will learn:

  • What a rehabilitation unit is and how it functions
  • Effects of aging, inactivity and disability
  • Basic anatomy and how the body moves
  • Medical problems that will interfere with functional independence
  • How to help residents in ways that will promote independence
  • What to look for when helping someone walk
  • How to help someone perform basic exercises
  • Common equipment used in rehabilitation
  • Basic balance responses and activities to improve balance
  • Ways to handle and interact with residents

The manual is a project of the Kansas Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. It is intended as a resource when training restorative Aides. This manual is presented in an effort to improve the quality of resident care. It is not intended to replace professional physical therapy services


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