Back-up Assistants

Back-up assistants are substitutes you can call in the event your regular assistant cannot work. Your back-up assistant(s) can be used when your attendant is on vacation, ill, or quits without notice. It is highly suggested to keep a list of four or five back-up assistants to guarantee help when you need it.

It is a good idea to keep track of potential back-up assistants during the initial hiring process. You may decide to hire one full-time personal assistant, while offering part-time or fill-in opportunities to other candidates.

You can find back-up assistants in several ways. Whichever method you choose, it helps to have a phone list of substitutes within reach in time of an emergency fill-in.

  • Keep names and numbers of applicants as back-ups.
  • Friends, neighbors, and eligible family members can be on standby to fill-in.
  • Request that your assistant find their own replacement when unable to work.
  • Hire two assistants on a split-schedule.
    • One for weekdays.
    • One for weekends and shared holidays.

Keep in mind, you want your care to be seamless, so ensure you always have a backup plan for

unforeseen circumstances.

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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