Restorative Nurse Assistant

Critical Care Training Center’s nationally recognized Restorative Assistant course is designed to train Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) and Physical Therapy Assistants in the efficient restorative care of residents in nursing homes.

Course Length: 8 hours
Course Format: Lecture and hands-on

This course is presented with the goal of improving the quality of resident care by providing information and training on restorative nursing.

  • Know how to help achieve and maintain optimal physical activity
  • Know how to inform the nursing team of changes in the patient’s physical condition
  • Be prepared to assist nursing staff with patients personal care, positioning/moving, and adaptation
  • Assist Nursing Staff with patients’ informal restorative needs

Course Fee


Prerequisite for the course:
1. Active CA CNA license OR Physical Therapy Assistant


What is a Restorative Nurse Care?

The goal of restorative nursing care is to maximize a person’s level of function and minimize decline. With training, nursing assistants and physical therapy assistants engage people to participate in their care by encouraging them to make decisions. These activities include allowing people to participate as much as possible in their daily activities, including bathing, dressing and going to the bathroom. Restorative care also includes physical activity while promoting safety–for example, instructing a person on how to safely transfer to bed from a wheelchair. Restorative care aides reinforce the training people receive from physical, speech and respiratory therapy.

A 2009 CDC report states that 131 billion dollars were spent on nursing home care in 2007. Some pay out of pocket for long-term care, and many others use Medicaid or private long-term insurance care policies. State Medicaid programs limit the types and amounts of assets a person can hold and still qualify for Medicaid. Long-term care insurance may cover home care, assisted living and restorative nursing home care, depending on the policy. It can be a good investment, considering family and personal medical history and resources.

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