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Rehabilitation Aide Rehabilitation Services Full Time Days

Northwestern Medicine
Employment type: 
Full time
Remote Position: 
Required degree level: 


  • $10,000 Tuition Reimbursement per year ($5,700 part-time)
  • $10,000 Student Loan Repayment ($5,000 part-time)
  • $1,000 Professional Development per year ($500 part-time)
  • $250 Wellbeing Fund per year($125 for part-time)
  • Matching 401(k)
  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Annual Employee Salary Increase and Incentive Bonus
  • Paid time off and Holiday pay

Pay Starting at: $15.60+ per hour based on experience

Northwestern Medicine is powered by a community of colleagues who are purpose-driven and committed to our mission to deliver world-class care. Here, you'll work alongside some of the best clinical talent in the nation leading the way in medical innovation and breakthrough research with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

We recognize where you've been, and we support where you're headed. We celebrate diverse perspectives and experiences, which fuel our commitment to equity and culture of service.

Grow your career with comprehensive training and development opportunities, mentorship programs, educational support and student loan repayment.

  • Create the life you envision for yourself with flexible work options, a Reimbursable Well-Being Fund and a Total Rewards package that support your physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being.
  • Make a difference through volunteer opportunities we offer in local communities and drive inclusive change through our workforce-led resource groups.

From discovery to delivery, come help us shape the future of medicine.


The Rehabilitation Aide reflects the mission, vision, and values of Northwestern Medicine (NM), adheres to the organization's Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines, and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

A non-licensed employee who is specifically trained under the direction of a rehabilitation therapist to complete designated routine tasks related to the operation of therapy services including but not limited to transportation activities, supportive activities as well as assisting physical therapists and assistants, occupational therapists, and assistants, and speech-language pathologists in both inpatient and outpatient evaluations and treatments.


  • Department:
  • Maintain a neat/tidy appearance in all areas of the department, returning equipment/supplies to designated areas
  • Regularly sanitize and maintain rehabilitation equipment, mat tables, gym, and assistive devices according to hospital safety and infection control standards
  • Evaluate and distribute linen supplies, changing linens on treatment tables according to procedures
  • Maintain applicable medical and non-medical supplies in all treatment areas.
  • Monitor the volume of oxygen in the O2 tanks daily and communicate the need for oxygen tank replacements as needed
  • Perform defibrillator checks daily per the standards explained in the procedures section of the manual
  • Sweep soiled utility and equipment rooms at least twice weekly for therapy equipment across all patient care pavilions including Galter, Feinberg, Prentice, and Olson. Place clean equipment in Feinberg's 11th-floor equipment room or Prentice 14 gym.
  • Maintain organization and complete regular inventory of equipment/supply levels in the equipment closets and satellite offices of the Rehab Services Department on a regular basis Equipment includes but is not limited to: DME, PRAFO, ADL supplies, orthosis supplies (as indicated on the checklist), theraband, tubigrip, FEES supplies, etc.
  • Complete frequent "spot checks" of equipment par levels in the satellite gym and restock as necessary during downtime
  • Assistance may include but is not limited to: prepping the splint and FEES cart, cleaning the splint and FEES cart, hands-on assist for the therapists, transporting the splint and FEES cart to wherever it's needed, etc.
  • Monitor DME inventory delivered by 3rd party vendor to ensure correct par is received and stocked
  • Monitor accurate completion of the DME equipment forms, attach face sheet and prepare for 3rd party vendor weekly pick up
  • Manage DME discrepancies with the 3rd party vendor. Go to all the service line offices weekly to pick up the DME equipment forms
  • Assist the Manager, Resource Coordinators, and Education Coordinators with any copies needed from the Rapid Copy Center
  • Assist in department communication processes; e.g. answer telephones, transit messages from nursing service to therapist, communication between therapists, etc.
  • Set up chairs in the rehab gym including but not limited to training classes, in-services, and meetings to support the department
  • Assist the therapist with delivery, set-up, and clean-up of the treatment area (i.e. patient room, rehab gym, splint set up) for patient care delivery, training classes, in-services, meetings
  • Participate in environmental and regulatory departmental efforts to maintain a safe work environment. Alert the manager or director to any environmental issues that need to be addressed
  • Provide appropriate direction to any volunteer in the Rehabilitation Services Department.
  • Provide assistance and teach safe patient handling techniques to NM staff and students
  • Perform other related duties as assigned
  • Patient Care:
  • Perform direct patient care in the:
  • Mobility of patients as described by thephysician, under the supervision of a physical therapist and occupational therapist
  • Dressing and toileting of patients as necessary
  • Assist in and/or perform patient transfers and lifts through the use of proper body mechanics, according to standard techniques
  • Assist the therapist in evaluations/treatments as requested at the bedside and/ or the rehabilitation gym (i.e.: exercises, mat activities, orthosis fabrication, modality preparation, and group therapy)
  • Maintain individual schedules to establish clear availability/unavailability for therapists to schedule for patient care assistance (direct patient care assistance or equipment delivery)
  • Assist in vending appropriate DME, adaptive equipment/devices, and supplies as directed by the physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech pathologist.
  • Report treatment activities, patient progress, and/or any unusual/adverse response to treatment or any unusual incident to the therapist






  • High School Diploma, interest in people; reads, speaks, and understands English
  • Basic Life Support - American Heart Association
  • Demonstrates responsibility for assessing, treating, and caring for adults (18-64 years), and geriatrics (65+) from a developmental perspective
  • Respond to emergency signals and indicators
  • Push/pull patients in wheelchairs/carts (100-300 lbs.) for short distances
  • Push/pull supplies and equipment weighing up to 100 lbs.
  • Lift patients up to 80 lbs. or with assistance up to 200 lbs.
  • Provide physical assistance to patients during mobility training
  • Display concentration and attention span for brief and extended periods of time (up to 90 minutes) to perform tasks with peers and patients
  • Commute between office space and patient treatment locations
  • The physical demands described above represent those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential job functions successfully. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

While each of our 11 hospitals and more than 200 locations has a unique story, Northwestern Medicine is unified under one vision: to put patients first in everything that we do. Anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago, Northwestern Medicine brings academic medicine into the heart of local communities across the suburbs and beyond, close to where our patients live and work.

Northwestern Medicine is dedicated to providing the most advanced health care to the communities and patients we serve. The Northwestern Medicine clinical and administrative staff, medical and science faculty, and medical students come together every day with a shared commitment to superior quality, academic excellence, scientific discovery and patient safety.

Northwestern Medicine has:

  • More than 33,000 employees dedicated to exceptional service and care
  • More than 4,400 aligned physicians, including faculty, residents and scientists, offering treatment informed by the latest research from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • 6 hospitals honored by the Magnet® Recognition Program for meeting the highest standards for patient care and nursing excellence
  • Hundreds of locations throughout the Chicagoland area


Our Mission, Vision and Core Values

Whether directly providing patient care or supporting those who do, every Northwestern Medicine employee has an impact on the quality of the patient experience and the level of excellence we collectively achieve. This knowledge, expressed in our shared commitment to a single, patient-focused mission, unites us.


Northwestern Medicine is a premier integrated academic health system where the patient comes first.

  • We are all caregivers or someone who supports a caregiver.
  • We are here to improve the health of our community.
  • We have an essential relationship with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
  • We integrate education and research to continually improve excellence in clinical practice.
  • We serve a broad community and strive to bring the best in medicine closer to where patients live and work.


To be a premier integrated academic health system that will serve a broad community and bring the best in medicine—including breakthrough treatments and clinical trials enhanced through our affiliation with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine—to a growing number of patients close to where they live and work.


Patients first: Putting our patients first in all that we do

Integrity: Adhering to an uncompromising code of ethics that emphasizes complete honesty and sincerity

Teamwork: Team success over personal success

Excellence: Continuously striving to be better

  • “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” (2022): Top score and designated as “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” by the Disability Equality Index
  • “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” (2021): Top score and designated as “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” by the Disability Equality Index



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