There is always the paperwork/computer charting aspect of the job and that can be exasperating some days, but it is necessary to do that well so someone else can step in to work with your patient if you can't. Also, there are opportunities to work both full and part time in PT, as your own life events change.
Your benefits at your workplace will vary depending on your employment status. If you are an employee, you will be offered the standard benefits such as health insurance, retirement funds, possibly assistance with malpractice insurance, etc. If you are a contracted therapist, benefits may or may not be available--it varies by contracting agency.
Lauren E.’s Answer
I love helping people! In school you'll learn all about the types of patients you'll treat, the types of exercises you'll do for them that are appropriate, and hands-on or manual therapy techniques like massage or stretching and much more that you perform directly on the patient. I love helping them feel better and improve. It is very satisfying work. You get to interact with many different types of people.
The companies I have worked for provided paid time off for vacation and sick time (up to a certain amount - and typically the longer you work there, the more time off you accrue), health insurance (but you still have to pay your portion of the cost every paycheck), retirement plans (for you to contribute money to each paycheck, and then the company will also put some money into each paycheck). There's normally optional dental and vision insurance available. Some companies help pay or totally cover Continuing Education costs that are required for you to take so many hours of to keep your license (20 hours for PTA's and 40 hours for PT's to complete every 2 years). I've also had my CPR license fee reimbursed, which I'm also required to have in order to treat patients. Some companies might reimburse your membership fee to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). If your office requires you to wear that company's uniform, you might get money toward a uniform balance to purchase clothes to wear to work. Plus you get paid to work, whether that ends up being hourly or salary. You might even get a bonus if you've met certain productivity goals (but I wouldn't count on it!).
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I like being able to educate my patients on what is going on with them, and help them set proper expectations on what their therapy journey will look like. My patients need to know they are required to participate actively in exercise and stretching at the clinic and on their own at home to see improvement.
The benefits that are available to therapists will include salary, health insurance, sometimes assistance with continuing education, and a retirement plan. I work with a very fun group which makes going to work very enjoyable!
I am a home health physical therapist assistant in Virginia.
I get to make my own schedule so I work Tues-Fri. Full time is considered 30 visits a week. You can work any combination you want I try to see 7-8 patients a day but I average 5-7.
What I love about PT is that I am helping people everyday. I love that home health gives me flexibility and autonomy that I want to create a health work-life balance.
I am an independent contractor (1099) so I do not get any benefits. When I was a full time W-2 employee I had all the benefits from PTO, health insurance, short term disability, long term disability and 401(k). I chose to do go to the independent contract route to have more freedom.