Assessment of Needs

To start, it’s helpful to analyze your own daily living needs. Try to include these tasks in a written job description.

Examples of tasks include:

  • Dressing and undressing
  • Bathing
  • Shaving
  • Bowel care
  • Restroom care
  • Communication assistance
  • Brushing teeth
  • Grooming
  • Medication assistance
  • Cooking
  • Laundry
  • Mobility
  • Transportation
  • Turning in bed
  • Errands and/or shopping

Also, think about the time of day you may need assistance the most. You may also want to consider what qualifications and skills you would like your assistant to have.

ASSESSMENT OF NEEDS EXAMPLE: I am in need of a personal assistant for help with dressing/undressing, restroom care, basic grooming, communication assistance, transportation, and light errands. I am usually in need of assistance during daytime hours, starting at 8:00 a.m. and lasting until 3:30 p.m. A personal assistant who is friendly and has experience in providing aid with basic daily living is highly desired.

Hire Your Own Caregiver

Patients can hire a caregiver they know and trust, even a close family relative.

Family Caregivers Get $

Unpaid family caregivers can get paid for their time and services.

No Certification Needed

No certification or training required, so anyone can get started right away.

Greater Control Over Care

Hiring your own caregiver gives you greater control over the quality of care.

More Freedom in Care

Personal assistants are allowed to administer skilled services such as wound care.

Consumer Directed

CDPAP requires minimal interaction with home care agencies.

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